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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 1, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2009 1:24 pm

Putting the Manny Deal In A New Perspective!!!!!!

Think about this to put the Manny deal in a completely new perspective.....( and in a time when people are losing their jobs, dclaring bankruptcy, and telling their precious kids that there is no way they can go to college because there just isn't enough money)

And keep in mind the whole time that they were SQUABLING over a meesly 1.5 million...

Manny is making:

$61,644  /DAY

$138,888 /GAME

$15,432 /INNING

$46,296 / HOUR (For a 3 hour game)

$2,600 /HOUR EVERY HOUR for the next 2 years regardless of what he is doing.

So basically he could be sitting on his leather couch eating nachos watching his 100 in BIG SCREEN, or even taking a DUMP, reading a magazine for an hour and he will have earned $2,600 when the hour is up starting another $2.600 hour.


And through all this he was demanding another 1.5 million in his contract.









Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2009 1:09 pm

Finally, the Manny deal is done

Knobler you hit it on the head. I commented last week that no other team would sign Manny Money. Boras and Manny should be happy this contract. So should the Dodgers who have the player that spiked their post season potential after suffering in the standings before Manny came to LA.  He is unique, a distraction at times but no one can say he doesn't produce. Perfect for the Dodgers line up and Torre should help keep him grounded and foccused.



Since: Feb 7, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2009 12:55 pm

Finally, the Manny deal is done

Sorry yawkeeway2, but you should not say "no one believed you"; to say that is just as unrealistic as me now saying, I still don't believe you. The truth is most of us are aware, just as you are, that Manny is about money...

On another hand: I do hope that he plays his heart out for his team, though I wouldn't be surprised if the "saga" continues, in some way or other.


Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2009 12:53 pm

Finally, the Manny deal is done

Before everyone pounces too much on Manny Ramirez and Scott Boras (and who doesn't like to pounce on Scott Boras?), let's remember the culprit Frank McCourt.  Here's a man who isn't exactly upright about his finances --remember Boston?  Here's a man who wants players to play now and be paid later --with no interest...please let me purchase my Dodger season tickets on that plan.  And here's a man whose team draws well over 3 million spectators per year (even in down years) AND saw a $15 million increase in its income once Manny came to his Dodgers in July --that's $15 million in two months plus the playoffs.

Manny is Manny.  Manny is one awesome player (and he's all natural, too!).

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2009 12:50 pm

Finally, the Manny deal is done

Manny wanted $100 million, he got $25 million, $45 if he exercises his option.  It is alot of money, but keep in mind a substantial portion, something like $15 million is deferred over another 4 or 5 years.  I assume, if Manny exercises the option, that there are similar deferrals of the second year's $20 million salary.  For the Dodgers, they get one of the best hitters in the game on a short term deal --if Manny completely falls apart physically they'll get stuck with second year of the contract but not another 3 or 4 like Ramirez originally wanted.  Plus, since so many people thought Ramirez only played well for the Dodgers last season because he was auditioning for a new contract, well the same holds true for this season.  If the economy improves and Manny wants to opt out and try for more than $20 mill next year, he better be a good guy, play hard and produce this year.  As long as you keep him on short term deals while he hopes for bigger deals in the future he has to "play nice" and do and say the right things, not dog it.

Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2009 12:46 pm

Finally, the Manny deal is done

Welcome home, Manny!  Let's play ball.

Since: Feb 21, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2009 12:45 pm
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Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2009 12:42 pm

Finally, the Manny deal is done

Ad what pro ballplayer isn't about money?

Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2009 12:36 pm

Finally, the Manny deal is done

Why, why, why would you give this guy an opt out clause.  If he's good, he'll stop playing in August unless he gets more money.  If he's bad, you're still stuck with him.  Either way, it's going to hurt you come crunch time.

Since: Apr 1, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2009 12:28 pm

Finally, the Manny deal is done

In the end all Manny and Boras did was create ill will. The fans really enjoyed Manny's play last year and took to him like a new puupy dog. Now, thanks to Boras' smug audacity to reject outright as not worthy of consideration the same offer Manny eventually accepted, Manny comes with the baggage of being Boras' client. Big difference. People in LA do not appreciate anything about Boras. He's done absolutely nothing positive for The Dodgers over the years. If anything, everthing he had a hand in turned out bad for the franchise. Hopefully, Manny can break that trend. Otherwise, I'm pretty sure the Dodgers will simply avoid every future Boras client like the plague. And, rightfully so. 

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