Manny’s nearly silent departure

Manny Ramirez was cleaning out his Dodgers locker in the clubhouse Thursday morning. But he wasn’t really talking, not about his free-agent status, anyway. I caught up with him in the hallway, and asked him if he had a second. He said: “No, I’m done talking. see you next year.”
Here in Los Angeles?
“I don’t know,” he said.
Manny was approached by a group of reporters at the elevator as he was about to leave. Questions were fired at him, but he either said nothing or said he wasn’t talking again.
“I said all I’ve got to say yesterday,” he said.
Manny was wearing jeans, a black T-shirt, a grey bandana on his dreadlocks and sunglasses. He was carrying CDs.
When the elevator finally arrived, he got in said “I’ll send you guys a Christmas card.”

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  • eightyone

    The normally gregarious Manny wasn’t talking today.

    Good for him! He’s been in the spotlight and under the glare for two trying months. Every step, every smile, every swing of the bat, every comment, scrutinized carefully.

    The man needs a break — and a well-deserved one, at that.

    He probably knows in his heart that he won’t be coming back to L.A., anyway, so why speak to the press? The ball is in McCourt’s court, who should have been courting Manny publicly and privately from the moment the greatest batsman of this generation put on Dodger blue.

    Manny is priceless, and McCourt is no Steinbrenner when it comes to knowing when to pull the trigger. So adios, Manny. You were the greatest single luminary for this team since the great Sandy Koufax.

  • Buddy

    On the other news front, McCourt announced Colletti is returning next season. This doesn’t really confirm Colletti’s security as I think Paul DePodesta was assured to return the following season before being let go.

    Nevertheless, the Dodgers would be foolish to offer Manny more than a 3-4 year deal. They will have to invest loads on pitching this off season with Derek Lowe, Greg Maddux and a few others who will be likely gone. Sabathia wants to go to SoCal so the Dodgers will likely make an offer to him.

    This team has so many bad contracts, i.e. Pierre and Jones, I think they might be a better off by trading those guys for youngsters and draft picks and taking a load of their salaries. Fortunately, Jones only has a year left.

    This promises to be a very interesting off-season.

  • phillydodger

    Maybe its too earlier to speculate – but what do you think the Dodgers will do regarding Manny? Will they sign him, make him a two year offer or just pass?

    Who were the closest friends with Manny on the team – what is your sense talking to them?

    What would you do – if you were GM?

    Also what do you think of the Peavy talk?