So the Dodgers, knowing that Manny Ramirez thought a two-year deal was too short, went and offered him a one-year deal. And then publicly admitted that they had made the offer and that it was turned down.
What's next, a three-month deal with a club option for July?
The Dodgers would tell you that their one-year offer, for a reported $25 million, would have made Ramirez the second highest-paid player in baseball in 2009, behind only Alex Rodriguez. They're basically telling their fans: "See, we're not cheap. If Manny leaves, it's because he's being unreasonable."
The better question is whether the events of the last two days bring the Ramirez-Dodgers standoff any closer to a resolution. It's hard to see how that's true.
Maybe the Dodgers simply believe that there's no other serious bidder for Ramirez, and that eventually he'll have no choice but to come back to them on a short-term deal (maybe back to the original two years). Or maybe they don't care that much about whether Ramirez stays or goes, as long as they don't seem to be the ones pushing him out the door.
In any case, with a little more than a week to go before spring training, the winter's biggest drama goes on.