Manny Rejects Yet Another Lucrative Offer from the Dodgers
Manny Ramirez, with the help of agent Scott Boras rejected the Dodgers latest offer; reportedly a one-year deal worth $25 million. If he accepted, it would have given Manny the second-highest annual salary in the history of baseball.
Manny appears to be holding out for one last multi-year, megabucks contract, that I don’t think he will get this offseason. The Dodgers are certainly interested in obtaining the services of this future Hall of Famer, hence the three contract offers and constant negotiations, but they have already made it clear that they do not plan on offering him that four- or five-year deal he desires. While Boras claims he is in negotiations with a few teams, I don’t think any team is willing to offer that type of deal in what is a an economically tough time for most everyone. Remember also, Manny is going to be 37 in May.
This begs the question, what is going on in Manny and Boras’ heads right now?
With just about two weeks until Spring Training, it will be interesting to see what transpires with the Manny Ramirez contract situation. Will Scott Boras pull off another record deal? Will Manny hold out and not play until a team gets desperate enough to offer an absurd amount of money in a one-year deal that he can’t possibly refuse? (I’m thinking the $25 million and two-year $45 million, with a third year option, deals were pretty reasonable). Or will Manny and Boras come to a happy medium with the Dodgers so that he can be ready to play the game he loves come Opening Day? Heh.
UPDATE: I’ve been discussing this with my esteemed colleague, Jared Smith who attends Ohio State’s prestigious law school, and we’ve come to the conclusion that Manny probably is holding out for at least three years guaranteed. It was brought to my attention that Gary Sheffield signed a three-year deal with the Tigers a couple years ago for $14 million/year, at the same age of 37. Sheffield more than likely set the precedent for HOF, 37-year old hitters in this day and age. I think it’s safe to say that Manny is a better hitter than Sheffield and is probably requesting a better deal than what he got. The Dodgers two-year, $45 million deal with a third year option probably should have been accepted if the option was Manny’s, but I’m guessing it was probably a team option which defeats the purpose of Manny’s “long term” contract security goal. I guess we’ll see what happens.