After months of negotiations that went nowhere Manny Ramirez and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a two-year $45 million deal. The deal is still pending the standard physical. The deal has $25 million deferred over five years and Manny has the right to opt out after one year.
Ramirez who in the postseason was hitting .520 with four HR and 10 RBIs, nine runs scored and 11 walks in eight playoff games. He is a 12-time All-Star and has hit 527 career homers with 28 more in the postseason.
It doesn’t look like the Dodgers are going to sit around and wait for Manny Ramirez to make up his mind if he wants to keep playing for them. Sources say the team has contacted Adam Dunn to express interest in the power hitter. Dunn who has had 40 home runs a year for the last four years would be a good addition for the team since no Dodger has had a 40 home run season since 2004.
The Dodgers are not the only team looking at Dunn, it has been reported that the Cubs have been on the top of Dunns list of teams he wants to play for. That is until the Dodgers got into the mix. This could be bad for the Cubs since the team that has been swept two years in a row in the first round of the post season has not made any real good deals yet. With the Cubs raising season ticket prices when most teams are not fans are going to be looking for them to do more this year. Dunn will most likely require a no draft-pick compensation because Arizona former team did not offer him arbitration.
No one really knows why Manny has not been signed yet, expect for Manny. If I had to guess, the only reason one of the best hitters in baseball does not have a deal yet is all because of Manny. There must be something keeping teams from flocking to him to hand him a lot of cash. Could be all that stuff that went on in Boston before he was traded to the Dodgers? As a MLB team would you take a $100 million shot on him?
Looks like the Dodgers don’t want to lose Rafael Furcal to the Braves GM Ned Colletti spent most of the night in negotiations with Furcal’s agent. The Dodgers have upped their offer to Furcal but will not elaborate more on what the new deal entails.
The Yankees and Angels could battle it out for Manny Ramirez as both teams have showed interest in the power hitter. The Angels may hold out until they know if they will lose Mark Teixeira. Sourcs say the Yankees want Manny in their line up bad because A-Rod and Manny would be a power house line up. Lets see how much money the Yankees are willing to through at Manny.
It’s just “Manny Being Manny” – I’ve heard that quote used so often over the last few years after a “Manny occurrence”. For those of you who don’t know what a “Manny occurrence” is, just ask his teammates in Cleveland and Boston. Whether it be misplaying an easy fly, not running hard to 1st base after an easy ground ball or fly out, faking an injury to skip games, or complaining that he wasn’t getting paid enough, Manny has had a long list of “Manny occurrences” over his productive 15-year career in the big leagues. Ramirez is coming off of an 8-year, $160 million contract with the Red Sox. At 36, he is looking to get paid in what will likely be his last free agent contract. His shark agent Scott Boras is seeking a 5-6 year offer at a dollar amount close to the $27.5 million per year amount that the New York Yankees are paying Alex Rodriguez. He’ll have plenty of suitors – the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the New York Mets. Will he get what he wants? Not likely. But at the end of the day, Manny is going to get paid this off-season, financial crisis or not.
Ramirez’s current team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, has already made him an offer. The terms were not disclosed, but Dodgers GM Ned Colletti has said that the offer was very competitive and would put him just below Alex Rodriguez in terms of per year salary.
Manny Ramirez is one of the most prolific right-handed hitters of all-time. He may even be the best right-handed hitter of our generation. Some career stats – 527 home runs; 1725 RBI’s; 1444 runs scored; a .314 batting average; a .593 slugging percentage; and an unbelievable 1.004 OPS. Ramirez has also played well when it mattered most – in the post-season. He has played in the post-season 10 times – 5 times with the Indians from 1995 through 1999, 4 times with the Red Sox from 2003 through 2007 and 1 time with the Dodgers in 2008. Over those 10 post-seasons, Ramirez has accumulated the most home runs of any player in MLB history – 28. He has driven in 74 runs, scored 64 runs and walked 70 times. Ramirez has a .286 career post-season batting average, a .396 on-base percentage and a .550 slugging percentage. He helped the Red Sox win World Series in 2004 and 2007.
Do his numbers justify the crazy deal he is about to sign? Without a doubt.
Does he deserve it? No, because of his lack respect for the game.
We should know where Manny lands during the next few weeks, and then we’ll be ready to see or hear about the next “Manny occurrence”.