Dodgers make offer to Ramirez, deal could be at hand

From what I understand, though, there WON’T be a deal tonight. The offer is a two-year, $45 million contract, with salaries of $25 million the first year and $20 million the second, but the second year is a PLAYER option so Manny can walk away if he believes he can get more on the open market next winter. If he is injured during the first season, the second year becomes guaranteed. Boras and Co. have taken it under advisement, and the club is expecting a response early tomorrow.

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  • TeamHasHoles

    I’ll be STUNNED if he takes it.

  • LASteve

    Boris is a poor negotiator for sure.

    Good old Sock Boris should have held out for a cut on Dreadlocks wigs sold at Chavez ravine.

  • Dave R.

    Why? Because of all the other, more lucrative offers out there?

    I’ll be stunned if he turns it down.

  • grumpy3b

    Tony:

    I am not sure I understand the logic of the 2nd year becoming guaranteed should MRam get injured. I am trying to read between the lines as it being a way for the Dodgers to protect against another MRam going R.O.A.D. situation?

    I suppose it would be an interesting way the team will get something for their money even if they need to spend another $20M to get it? If so it’s probably not that much more expensive than insurance (if they could even get someone to underwrite a $25M deal to a 37yr old player) and I like the thinking. I mean why not work the cost of the insurance into another year on the deal. Unless of course it is a career ender, in which case the clause then causes me to bleed from my eyes and ears because I dunna get it!?!?!?! ;)

  • JK

    Let me get this straight. If he gets injured then the 2nd year becomes guaranteed and we have Manny for the 2nd year without him being able to opt out?

  • Tony Jackson

    JK, no, he COULD still opt out, but why would he? It’s guaranteed money. Unless he pulls a Wilson Alvarez and retires and walks away from it because he is physically unable to perform (I always liked Wilson, and I especially admired him after he did that). This is essentially the same deal in terms of the Dodgers’ commitment as that original offer back in October, it just doesn’t include the club option for 2011.

  • TeamHasHoles

    Why? Because of all the other, more lucrative offers out there?
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    Manny is an odd individual. You, me and anyone else paying attention knows it’s the best deal he can get, but this guy might still thinks a 4-year deal is in the offing. Only a week and a half ago he was telling Tony’s colleague Dylan Hernandez that in Spanish.

    McCourt clearly doesn’t put much creedence into a two months of Babe Ruth-like production (not that I blame him). He obviously wants Manny to prove it to him over a full season. This deal is a little better for ManRam than the 1yr/$25 mil, but only slightly. Manny and Boras clearly miscalculated the market and McCourt’s resolve. Frank’s really got him by the short and curlies, I’m just not sure if Manny is of clear mind enough to see that and earn his salary for 2010, 2011 and beyond.

  • lakersdodgersyankees4life

    Tony,
    Do you know if the dodgers have any interest in Juan Cruz? If they do, a few additions, Manny, Cruz, and Beimel, could lead to an even solider pen(not as young) and a great O.

  • Buddy

    Juan Cruz isn’t bad for a reliever. He gives up a ton of walks however, not a good K/BB ratio.

    More than this, the Dodgers need to acquire another starting pitcher because they don’t have enough depth there and you always want to have contingency plans if someone gets hurt, which is very likely to happen. I’m kind of hoping the Blue Jays tank early so that they’ll have no other but to make Roy Halliday available. If this happens, the Dodgers have a shot.

  • Marcel

    The Dodgers don’t have the prospects to net Roy Halladay. Unless they want to destroy their big league team, it’s not happening.

  • Buddy

    Marcel, let’s wait and see how the season unfolds. I never said anything about the Dodgers trading prospects, especially since most of the decent ones are now on the major league level. I do think Colletti will trade for a key starter by the trading deadline, however.