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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: Jan 9, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2009 2:14 pm

Finally, the Manny deal is done

with what money? all went to manny


Since: Aug 13, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2009 2:06 pm

Finally, the Manny deal is done

With a guy like Manny Ramirez you just have to take it one year at a time.  That is all he's good for.

I'm a long-time, die-hard Dodger fan and I was thrilled that they got him for a couple months at the end of last season.  Just look what he was able to do.  He is a pure hitter and can make an entire lineup better.  His addition definitely helped the team make the playoffs and beat those lowlyChicago Cubs.

Let's just hope that he has it in him to last a full season without too much drama.  I think LA is the best place for him and I'm hoping that the Dodgers can come together and win the NL West again this season.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2009 2:02 pm

Finally, the Manny deal is done


Now that the deal is finalized, what are the reporters going to report about now. For the last 2 months, it seems longer, this has been front page news at least every week.

Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2009 2:02 pm

Finally, the Manny deal is done

WOW! You really went out on a limb with that one. 95% of all people are about the money, if you had two job offers would you take the lower paying job, i'm sure you'll come back with some liberal mumbo jumbo.

Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2009 1:46 pm

Finally, the Manny deal is done

Well it's done for everyone else. I agree with Mango. Dodger fans are celebrating as well they should. They will get a great bat and a solid RBI machine. What they don't realize is that eventually (6 months to a year), he will woo management into  afalse sense of security and they will be kissing his ass at every turn. Then, Manny can be selective at when he plays, what practives he shows up for, when to actually run out a ball and when to pull hilarious stunts on and off the field. If you say it won't happen, please remove your head from your arse!  He had friends on the Red Sox, got a great amount of money and was consistently with a contending team. Reason Manny was being Manny in Boston???   Because Red Sox management actually disapproves of that behavior. Maybe the Dodgers management will let it all go and just let him and his ego have his way. I say they don't and down the road, there is a disagreement. Then watch all the BS in between HR's. lol

Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2009 1:42 pm

Finally, the Manny deal is done

"the price of gas is up and so is Manny". Maybe your forgot this quote by Manny. It's not like you had some great insight that no one else had.

Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2009 1:41 pm

It's COASTING Time Folks!

Now that Manny the JackARSE has his pot of gold, he'll coast the whole damn season and produce nothing....sure he'll have a few nice games but overall a mediocore season lies ahead

Since: Feb 17, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2009 1:39 pm

Finally, the Manny deal is done

First of all, i would like to say that baseball is not legit until there is a salary cap to leaven the playing field a little bit. But this is a good deal for the Dodgers even though it is a lot of money, Torre should be able to control Manny and they can make a strong push for a playoff spot

Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2009 1:38 pm

Finally, the Manny deal is done

The Giants FU*KED UP ROYALLY!!!  IF they would've signed Manny, they would've had the NL West won already, before the season even started!!! The Giants front office organization basiacally IGNORNED what the MAJORITY of their fan base wanted & that was to SIGN MANNY!!! The fans ( Especially here in the Bay Area) were on their hands & knees calling up the KNBR sport shows & BEGGING, YES, BEGGING the Giants to sign Manny, but NO, they just ignored what the fans wanted!! That shows me right there that the GIANTS organization DOES NOT want to win!! They kept on saying that they did not have the money. That's a bunch of FU*KING BULLSH*T!!! If you didn't have the money, you wouldn't be in this type of business!!! They had the money to sign Barry Zito to a 124 million dollar contract, who only plays in 1 out of every 5 or 6 games, & they did not want to sign Manny, an EVERYDAY PLAYER (Who would MOST DEFINITELY PERFORM) to MUCH less than that!!! I know that Manny is 36 years old, BUT he is in MUCH BETTER shape than Bonds was when Bonds was 36 years old!!!  Again, by NOT signing a SUPERSTAR player in Manny, this tells me that the GIANTS (front office) DOES NOT want to win & they couldn't give a SH*T about ALL of their LOYAL FANS!!!



Since: Apr 30, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2009 1:25 pm

Finally, the Manny deal is done

Manny saga done?  I think it's just beginning.

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