Torre Sees Manny in Dodger Blue

by Ben Cook on February 15, 2009

“I definitely would be very surprised if he’s not a Dodger”

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre made headlines yesterday proclaiming he’d be surprised if Manny Ramirez did not resign with the Dodgers. While he quickly assured reporters that he had no inside knowledge of negotiations, it reignited Manny fever in the LA sports world.

For his part, GM Ned Colletti stated that “there’s been some progress made [in talks with Ramirez] but obviously not enough to consummate a deal.” While their previous offers to Manny and his agent Scott Boras have been regected it certainly appears that there’s no hard feelings from the Dodgers.

And in reality, Boras is lucky that he hasn’t alienated the one team in the league that can afford to give Manny a deal big enough for the “super agent” to save face. The market for light-fielding heavy hitters, even future Hall of Fame hitters, was surprisingly low this offseason and I would be shocked if Manny winds up with a deal better than the two year, $45 million deal from the Dodgers turned down at the beginning of winter. While the San Francisco Giants have been rumored to be interested, they’ve shown no indication of being able to afford to match even the one year, $25 million deal from the Dodgers that Manny turned down more recently.

That being said, the Dodgers are undoubtedly a better team with Ramirez anchoring their lineup and like Joe Torre, I’d be surprised if Man-Ram isn’t back in Dodger blue by opening day.

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Hugh Jassett February 17, 2009 at 6:30 pm

The Dodgers will most likely offer a 3 year 70 million deal to Manny Ramirez with a 4th year club option. If they also put a timetable on the offer, perhaps they could get Scott Boras to move on it. I don’t think the Giants will touch that type of an offer, and the Dodgers may have a deal. Waiting too long is going to hurt the Dodgers and their chemistry at the start of the season. If Boras does not accept it, the Dodgers should move on with Pierre and let Manny and Boras sulk in their greed. Make a stand Dodgers, and get this over with now!

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