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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: May 29, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2009 12:07 pm

Finally, the Manny deal is done

Wasn't this their first offer?  Wow, bunch of greed leads back to nothing!

Since: Jul 3, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2009 12:03 pm

Finally, the Manny deal is done

Last week I posted about how the guys agreed to the contract but Manny wasn't anxious to report to spring training.  Go figure.

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2009 11:59 am

Finally, the Manny deal is done

There was only one bidder!  The Dodgers should have let Scott Boras screw both himself and his client, Manny, by offering less than the rejected deal.  When even the spendy Yankees don't show interest in a big bat and a lot of teams are uncertain about their economic future for the next couple of years, the Dodgers should have realized that they held the keys to the car.  Way to give in to Manny and Boras the vampire.

Since: Nov 21, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2009 11:57 am

Finally, the Manny deal is done

It's a Happy Day in Dodgertown!  Think Blue! Go Dodgers!

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2009 11:57 am
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Since: Nov 13, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2009 11:57 am

Finally, the Manny deal is done

So what did Manny get for all his complaining and poor play to get out of Boston, an extra $5 million?? I can see why the Boston fans hate him. He put them and their team through all his childish behavior for what amounts to be pocket change in today's babseball world. What did boras get him other than a permanently tarnished reputation??

Glad to see the Dodgers play hard ball and win. Would love to see more teams do that but sadly there is always going to be an ownership group like the Yankees that ruins for all the others.

Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2009 11:55 am

Told Ya Manny Was ABOUT Money

I told everyone from the beginning that manny was about the money.  No one believed me.  2 Year deal and getting $25 million dollars in one year!

Manny Ramirez is all about the money.  The Dodgers had better hope he opts out because he will demand more money!

Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2009 11:54 am

Finally, the Manny deal is done


Great now lets get our pitching staff upgraded!

Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2009 11:54 am

Finally, the Manny deal is done

Better yet... Finally the Manny saga is done.

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