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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
Comments

Since: Mar 4, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2009 12:23 pm
 

Finally, the Manny deal is done


Manny had an excuse to be late to camp this year….that’s all this has been. Every year with the Sox it would be the… “When is Manny arriving in camp show” ?




Since: May 29, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2009 12:21 pm
 

Finally, the Manny deal is done




Since: Jun 21, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2009 12:19 pm
 

Finally, the Manny deal is done

Now that Manny has gotten paid, i hope he keeps up the strong play that he displayed in LA last year.

Call me skeptical.




Since: Feb 14, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2009 12:18 pm
 

Finally, the Manny deal is done

The guy can mash. If not the sole reason, he was the biggest reason for the Dodgers going as far as they did last year. Dodgers needed to do whatever it took. Good work.




Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2009 12:14 pm
 

Finally, the Manny deal is done

Ya right. The Manny saga is just beginning! Good Luck.

 




Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2009 12:13 pm
 

Finally, the Manny deal is done

Ya right. The Manny saga is just beginning! Godd Luck.

 




Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2009 12:11 pm
 

Finally, the Manny deal is done


Great, the circus has come to town..45M for 2-years..here come the knee problems, GL LAD.




Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2009 12:11 pm
 

NO ONE IS WORTH THAT KIND OF MONEY

I guess I just don't understand it. Baseball has never been my favorite sport, but I still just don't get it. How can any one justify spending $45 million on a ball player in this economy while 90% of the games I see aired on TV or even in highlight reels from games all over the country have only about 1/4 of the seats filled??

Ridiculous!




Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2009 12:09 pm
 

Finally, the Manny deal is done

Wouldn't you hope he doesn't opt out and play for the $20 million he's garanteed?  If he opts out than he can ask for whatever he wants in an open market.  Plus if he opts out and goes elsewhere the Dodgers will have paid him $25 million for one year of service.




Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2009 12:08 pm
 

NO ONE IS WORTH THAT KIND OF MONEY

I guess I just don't understand it. How can any one justify spend $45 million on a baseball player in today's economy when 90% of the games you see highlights for or the ones that are aired have about 1/4 of the seats filled?

Ridiculous!



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