Dodgers Make Offer, Manny Declines

by Ben Cook on February 27, 2009

The Los Angeles Dodgers reportedly made slugger Manny Ramirez yet another contract offer, an offer the enigmatic start apparently could refuse.

The offer was said to be a one year deal worth $25 million with a player option for a second year at $20. Talks between Manny and the Dodgers had been heating up in recent days and GM Ned Colletti’s absence from the club’s spring training facility fueled speculation that a deal was close.

However, ESPN.com is reporting that Manny has once again turned down the Dodgers offer and that negotiations are starting “from scratch.”

The Dodgers remain Manny’s only real suitor and it would come as quite a surprise if he signed anywhere else. However, with Spring Training in full swing, Ramirez agent Scott Boras appears to be playing a high risk game of chicken with the Dodgers, daring the team to start the season without the powerful slugger in their lineup.

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