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Dodgers come to the table for Manny

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Nov 05, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Dodgers GM Ned Colletti said he has made Manny Ramirez an offer. The only details he would reveal was that it would be for the second-highest average annual value in baseball history and the highest in the history of his franchise.

A-Rod has the highest at $27.5 million. It is believed the Dodgers have offered Ramirez two years and at least $50 million with an option for a third season.

It’s a ton of money but there is little chance Scott Boras will accept it any time soon. Two questions:

1. Would the Dodgers go to three years and $75 million?

2. Can Boras find a better offer someplace else?





14 Responses to “Dodgers come to the table for Manny”

  1. trisha - Mike Mussina is still in my 2009 starting rotation November 5th, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    I’m tempted to say “who cares” but I know there are Yankee fan posters who wouldn’t mind having Manny on the Yankees, so obviously there are people who care about where he ends up.

  2. R+ November 5th, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Good for us if the Dodgers ante up that much… pretty much takes them out of the CC sweepstakes, atleast seriously.

    Then the Angels will be our main competitor.

  3. pat November 5th, 2008 at 8:30 pm


    The Manny offer sets the bar for the Texeira negotiations so if you want Tex in pinstripes, you might care.

  4. E-Rod November 5th, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    I don’t see any way he accepts a 2 yr deal.

    This is a good strategy though by Colletti… give him a boatload of money for 2 years and make him find a team that will give him a better deal. Force Boras’ hand. Even if a team gives him a extra year or even extra years, it won’t be close to $25 mil per.

    He has to decide if he wants length or dollars. And the length will likely come from teams like Seattle, San Fran, Toronto, not a place that will contend.

  5. Jeff NJ November 5th, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    I think the first plan is Teixteira, but if he can’t be had, then you go after Manny.

    Trades are a good possibility too, I personally like Sherman’s note that Swisher might be a good option. At $7M per for 3 years, it’s a reasonable contract and by then A Jax should be ready.

  6. Jeff NJ November 5th, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Oh and no way Boras doesn’t let Manny or Tex not hit the open market knowing the Yankees are getting a tremendous boost in revenues next year.

  7. trisha - Mike Mussina is still in my 2009 starting rotation November 5th, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    pat – how does one set the bar for the other? Do we know that Tex is going to be a lot higher price tag, or is it the opposite? (I’m asking because I don’t know.)

  8. SJ44 November 5th, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    The Yankees have no interest in Manny.

    But, if Manny signs before Tex, that will set the bar Boras will use for Tex.

  9. pat November 5th, 2008 at 8:46 pm


    Boras’ plan is to use A-Rod’s contracts to set value on Manny. Is it a coincidence that Manny used the phrase “Alex money” when he spoke of what kind of contract he wants? Once he gets Manny a home, he will then flip the script and say that Texeira is a more complete player than Manny and deserves more than “Manny money”.

    Once market value is set for this off season, all subsequent deals will be judged according to the bar that Boras wants to be the one to set.

  10. trisha - Mike Mussina is still in my 2009 starting rotation November 5th, 2008 at 9:15 pm


  11. miggs November 5th, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    I disagree with the Manny /Tiexiera comparisons.

    I don’t see how a Manny contract sets the bar for Tex. Manny is a 36 yr old outfielder with a lethal bat that plays no defense. Tex is a 28 yr.old switch-hitting 1st baseman with a great glove.

    They each have their strengths and weaknesses. One contract should not have anything to do with the other.

    The “bar” for Tiexiera is a recent 1st baseman’s contract with comparable skill sets and age.

  12. Art Vandelay November 6th, 2008 at 4:34 am

    Cash, stay away from Manny. We don’t need Manny being Manny in the clubhouse.

  13. Up w/Joba, down w/Joba (You don't want Manny? ("I'll Call you naive, whatever I want") November 6th, 2008 at 11:46 am

    Arod will fail again in the clutch leading the Yankees in 2009 to more disappointments. Wanna change that? Get Manny. Manny batting 5th and his positive influx into Arod for chemistry flow will gurrantees us world championships in 2009 and 2010. (This includes CC and Lowe/Burnett and Tex).

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