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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: Feb 12, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2009 3:01 pm

Finally, the Manny deal is done

I think Billingsley is finally ready to be a #1 guy, but there are some BIG question marks behind him.  Kuroda and Wolf (if healthy) will be fine, Kershaw's a stud in the making, but after that....ouch.

The offense (with Manny, of course) should be enough to win the division though.  DBacks will hang around, but are still a year or so away....

Since: Mar 4, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2009 2:43 pm

Finally, the Manny deal is done

Finally! Now the good people of Orange county have something that won't be San Andreas' Fault!

Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2009 2:36 pm

Finally, the Manny deal is done

I cant wait until manny retires cuz then we can stop hearing about him so much, the guy can hit, but the guy can also cause a pretty big fuss..........he's the TO of baseball

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2009 2:32 pm

Finally, the Manny deal is done

Your brainwashed by this stupid game. When it comes to feeding my family and having a roof over my head, yes that is when I think about the money aspects of my job, but when you begin to think about how many houses can I have and how many cars can I fit into their garage, that is when it gets disgusting. Things aren't going so well for a lot of people out there right now, baseball owners and the players union are going to learn really quick what it is like to take a pay cut.

For that kind of money Manny can buy a island off the Dominican Republic, probably 2 with change.

Since: Feb 18, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2009 2:29 pm

Finally, the Manny deal is done

The Dodgers have got to be the dumbest club in baseball. They offered him the same deal twice, they offered it to him again when there wasn't another team after him.

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2009 2:28 pm

Finally, the Manny deal is done

I totally agree with you - it all makes me sick. I don't even care if my home team was a winning franchise, baseball and its players are going to have to understand that the general public can't support your cause. But since these guys are making this kind of money maybe if they hang out at their local country clubs they can ecourage enought of those folks to come and pay $4 for a hot dog and $10 for a beer.

Mark my words, there will soon be a' hurtin' comin' to the players union.

Revenue sharing /salary cap!

Since: Jun 18, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2009 2:26 pm

Finally, the Manny deal is done

People can cast stones at the Dodgers or Ramirez as they prefer. Of course these issues are primarily about the money. That's why they play the game. Everyone else in the world is interested in the money aspect of their job too, so let's recognize reality and move on. Now we can concentrate on baseball. Let's face it, this Dodgers' team should score a lot of runs. The real question is how the pitching and defense will stack up. We could have three Mannys and still lose if we can't pitch or catch the ball. I predict that there will be enough of both to get back to the playoffs. By the trade deadline I look for the Dodgers to acquire another class starting pitcher from a team looking to shed payroll.  So, all the marbles seem to be in place. Now we need to see how well those marbles roll.

Since: Jun 25, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2009 2:24 pm

Finally, the Manny deal is done, but...

I am happy that the deal got done, but I do have reservations.  Which Manny are we going to get?  Are we going to get the Manny that came in and took over the team and the league with his all out play.  Or are we going to get the cry baby who will pout and not go hard all the time because he didn't get what he wanted.  I am going to hope that he is going to be the sooner and not the latter.  All Dodger fans should be guarded until we see which one shows up.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2009 2:21 pm

Finally, the Manny deal is done

I disagree Manny will coast.  He still thinks that, if the economy improves, he can get one more multi-year deal if he opts out of LA after this season.  To do that, however, he now knows he needs to continue to repair his perception amoung other teams and he does that by being the hard working, team player he was last season for the Dodgers all year this year.  If he fakes injuries, causes distractions and doesn't perfom on the field he can exercise his option for 2010 with LA but that's it...his money making days are over.  If he does the right things, however, some AL team needing a LF/DH might just give him that 3 or 4 year deal in 2010.

Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2009 2:16 pm

Finally, the Manny deal is done

The guy people love to hate, Manny led the sox two their two championships. And he led the Dodgers to the NLCS for the first time on 20 years. The guy is clutch, and one of the greatest hitters of all-time. Glad they got the deal done. Go Dodgers.

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