Ned Colletti and Scott Boras spoke late today concerning Manny Ramirez. “Restated the respective positions,” Colletti said via text message. “We agreed to continue to stay in touch these next few days.” Several years ago, when Scott Boras and I were in the midst of a personal feud that went on for several days over my reporting on the breakdown of negotiations between the Dodgers and Luke Hochevar, their top draft pick of 2005 and a Boras client, I complained to Scott about his failure to return my calls, and he responded by saying, “I’m a busy man.” Well, that much is certainly true. And given that Scott is a busy man, he wouldn’t waste time talking to the Dodgers over the next few days if he didn’t think there was at least some chance of a deal getting done. One thing that now seems clear (and perhaps a bit sobering to Boras and Manny): the market for Manny now appears to have dwindled to the Dodgers and the Giants. The general managers of the Mets, Yankees and Nationals have all stated publicly over the past 48 hours that their clubs are NOT in pursuit of Manny.
Colletti also spoke today with Arn Tellem, the agent for Randy Wolf. But so far, nothing notable to report there, either.