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Finally, the Manny deal is done

Posted on: March 4, 2009 11:35 am
Edited on: March 4, 2009 12:28 pm

PHOENIX -- The Manny Ramirez deal is done.

The Dodgers won't announce it until they get the results of a physical, but Ramirez agreed to a two-year, $45 million deal at an early morning meeting in Los Angeles, and he could report to spring training as soon as Thursday.

The deal is thought to be on the same general terms proposed last week, with a $25 million salary for 2009 and an opt-out clause after the first year. There was a very public disagreement last week over deferred money, but even with that the two sides were only $1.5 million apart in real money. It's not yet clear exactly how much deferred money is in the contract.

Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti and manager Joe Torre flew to California for the meeting, which also included Dodger owner Frank McCourt and Scott Boras, Ramirez's agent. Colletti and Torre are flying back, and are expected at Camelback Ranch in time for today's game against the Giants.

The Dodger clubhouse was surprisingly quiet this morning, even as the deal was being finalized. The only change was that the open locker that the Dodgers have been holding for Ramirez now has a sign on it that says "Reserved."

Even when the clubhouse television ran a Manny update, few players bothered to look. The main reason, some players said, is that they always assumed a Manny deal would eventually get done.

"It was just a matter of time," first baseman James Loney said.

The players know how important Ramirez is to their chances of winning. He hit .396 for the Dodgers after last year's midseason trade, with 17 home runs and 53 RBI in 53 games. The Dodgers, who trailed in the division when they made the Ramirez trade, went on to win the National League West by two games over the Diamondbacks.

Despite those numbers, and despite that impact, Ramirez and Boras were never able to interest other teams in seriously bidding against the Dodgers. While the Dodgers needed Manny, no one else seemed to want him -- at least not at this price.


Category: MLB

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2009 5:52 pm

Finally, the Manny deal is done

Your frustration is warranted. In these economic times it's hard to understand why anyone would pay so much money for an individual. Yet there is a reason. Manny is a product, and in the Dodger's eyes a valuble product. He is the difference between a .500 team and a winning team, which puts butts in seats and sells hot dogs, beer, popcorn and those stupid foam fingers. In addition, he will increase merchandise sales which is the bread and butter of every proffesional sports team in the world, in addition to TV contracts. People will buy Manny jerseys, t-shirts, coffee mugs, etc... He will also make those who bat near him in the lineup (and are not paid nearly as much) better, which will lead to more merchandise sales.

The Dodgers are banking that Manny will be a huge revenue draw for them, which in their minds justifies the price they have agreed to pay him. Let's hope it works out.


Since: Mar 4, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2009 5:52 pm

Finally, the Manny deal is done

Okay, fellow Dodgers' fans, let's all take a deep breath, hold it for seven months, and hope that the Manny who shows up on Thursday is the guy who played 53 games in LA last season, and not the guy the Red Sox couldn't wait to get rid of last summer. I'm usually an optomist, but I don't think it's better than 50/50 that Manny studs up for the entire season. 

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2009 5:41 pm

Finally, the Manny deal is done

The deal may be done, but the saga is just beginning.....

We've all witnessed the Manny being Manny part 1 - The Boston Series

Now that the deal is done and he's under contract again, get ready for: Manny being Manny part 2 - Manny visits LA 




Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2009 5:16 pm

Finally, the Manny deal is done

Pushed his way out of boston because he wanted more security than the remaining team options in '09 and '10. So he ends up with a two year deal worth about $5 million more than he would have got in Beantown. Sorry Big Blue fans, but Arizona and SF still have better pitching. Manny will never lead the Dodgers to a Title. 


Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2009 4:53 pm

Finally, the Manny deal is done

Thank Scott Boras & the Yankee's!Embarassed

Since: Jan 30, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2009 4:44 pm

Finally, the Manny deal is done

congratulations to scott boras for negotiating the same deal that was in place over 3 months ago. i'm glad the dodgers didn't give in. kudos to ned colletti!!

Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2009 4:24 pm

Finally, the Manny deal is done

I not in the Dodger Blue Nation, but i'm not an enemy either.  I do have serious doubts about Manny and his true commitment to play for LA or for anyone really. 

I doubt this is the last of the Manny saga.  I'll predict a few minor speed bumps on the highway to the World Series by the All-Star break and by the end of July i would expect at least a couple temper tantrums.  I wouldn't be suprised at all to see him want to talk new contract before the end of this season.  I just hope it doesn't doesn't come to the point where he refuses to play in the middle of a pennant race.

I think his contract is nothing more than a peice of paper to him, i really doubt he has any devotion to anyone except himself.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2009 3:25 pm

Finally, the Manny deal is done

Your point is a good one, but does have consequences I am sure the Dodger's weren't interested in.  They could have countered with a $20m deal and he would have had to accept.  I seriously doubt dropping the amount just $5m would have all the sudden caused other teams to get into the bidding.  The issue then would be, how happy would Manny have been about this and how would he have responded on the field and or in the clubhouse.  I am sure the Dodgers took this into consideration.  The truly wise part of the deal for me, was leaving the option with Manny for the second year.  If he believes that another multi-year deal might be available next year, he will have to play well, and hard to earn it.  If the option was left up to the Dodgers, he could get angry about them not increasing his pay and tanked because of it.  Obviously this is a lot of money, too much money to play a game, but the 40,000 plus thousand will still show up every game to help pay for it.  It is what the market placed his value at, so he took it.  If your boss offered to double your salary to do the same job, would you tell them, "no thanks, I am not worth it".  Didn't think so.

Since: Jan 29, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2009 3:07 pm

Play Ball

Who cares about all the specifics of the contract.  Manny better bring it now that he got paid.

Since: Jan 29, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2009 3:04 pm

Finally, the Manny deal is done?

I know that everybody wants to talk about the specifics of Manny's contract and everything, but now that he's signed is anyone considering HOW he's going to play.  We all know he can bring it, but will he play as hard now that he's not pushing for a contract

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