Manny Ramirez was traded to the Dodgers in the middle of last season and completely turned the team around. They went from not looking like they were even making the playoffs to a few games away from the World Series. Now the Dodgers want to keep him around for a little while.
LA Times – The deal that was proposed to Ramirez on Tuesday night would give the 36-year-old free-agent outfielder “the highest average annual value in the history of the franchise and the second-highest average annual value in baseball” — somewhere between the $27.5 million per season earned by Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees and the $22.9 million earned by Johan Santana of the New York Mets — according to General Manager Ned Colletti.
“When we key in on a player we really like, we like to be aggressive and see if there’s a common feeling with the player,” Colletti said.
Colletti and Ramirez’s agent, Scott Boras, refused to specify the value or the length of the contract, though indications are it is either two years for $50 million or three years for $75 million. Colletti acknowledged that the proposal was in line with his philosophy of offering players higher annual salaries in exchange for shorter deals. He said the offer includes an option year, meaning it’s possible only two years could be guaranteed.
I’m crossing my fingers that the Mets make him a better offer but even if they don’t I’m still rooting for a Red Sox vs “Whatever team Manny is on next year” World series and I want the Red Sox to go down in flames.
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