Boras/Manny statement refutes idea that Manny isn’t aware of offers

This just arrived in the in-box, courtesy of Boras associate Luis Garcia. First, it refers to Boras’ latest proposal to the Dodgers, which Frank McCourt said this morning the club isn’t even considering because there are no negotiations on-going at the moment. Then, it includes a statement from Manny Ramirez making it clear that he HAS been kept in the loop on negotiations.

Here is the statement:

“We have continued to work with Ned and the Dodgers to do away with the artificial barriers and attempt get a deal completed. There is no issue with deferred money being part of any contract; just want to make sure the value is stated accurately and appropriately.
“Our most recent offer Saturday morning covered two years with some deferred compensation ($43.5m net present value). Manny directed me to compromise between the Dodgers last offer of $42 million net present value ($45 million with deferred compensation) and our $45 million dollar without deferred money. However, we have yet to hear from them on our last three offers.”

The statement also included this from Manny himself:

“I would not allow negotiations to take place without being involved and talk to Scott nearly every day” said Manny. “I have given Scott offers that he has given to the Dodgers and he has given me all offers from the team.”

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  • Dave R.

    This is getting ridiculous. If McCourt can’t come up with an extra $1.5 million to ink a great player and put the fans out of their collective misery, then he needs to sell the team. Yes, I am aware that the Dodgers are effectively negotiating against themselves, but come on McCourt, get ‘er done.

  • LASteve

    At this point it’s not about money or Manny. This is Parking Lot Frank showing Boras who’s the big dog.

    If anyone thought the FOX Dodgers years were bad, gonna get worse under Parking Lot Frank.

  • ToyCannon

    Agreed; McCheap has screwed this up royally. Manny has accepted the 2 yr. $45 mill deal, but McCheap now says there is no deal on the table & he has to start negotiating from stratch & he needs to be quiet now. This is an owner who doesn’t have the $$$. He should not have been permitted to buy (which he had to get a loan from Fox) the Dodgers. He is a miserable failure; this should not be this difficult to do. Now this will be a distraction the entire season to a mediocore team if he doesn’t get it done. My goodness.

  • Dave R.

    Saying McCourt is a “failure” is a bit harsh. The payroll has risen from $98MM in 2006 to $118MM last season. At the same time, the Dodgers won their first playoff series in 20 years under McCourt’s watch. Does he get credit for that though? Not so much, but if you want “failure” look at the WS trophyless Giants for that.

  • ToyCannon

    You sound schizo after your initial post. Frank McCourt would mismanage a one car funeral. Dodgers have been somewhat successful recently (remember McCourt didn’t pay a dime for Manny last season) despite the McCourts ineptitude. He wasn’t a competent real estate guy in Boston either.

  • Dave R.

    Yeah because incompetent real estate guys amass enough money to buy baseball teams…

    Anyway, yes, McCourt needs to pony up the dough, but while I’d prefer an owner with deeper pockets willing to spend, I invite you to compare his tenure with that of the Fox regime.

  • LASteve

    The “clue” on what’s going on with Parking Lot Frank’s empire is contained in a 2007 ESPN article.

    “McCourt, whose grandfather was part owner of the Boston Braves, announced Oct. 10 he had agreed in principal to buy the team along with Dodger Stadium and adjoining real estate, plus training facilities in Vero Beach, Fla., and the Dominican Republic. The sale is worth $430 million.

    The vote on the highly leveraged sale comes two days before a Jan. 31 deadline for closing the transaction.”

    Let’s see, notes on the deal coming due, economy in the tank, Parking Lot Frank getting cash strapped to make the nut on his highly leveraged deal…

    Say Manny, will you take a Check?

  • Brooklyn Dodger

    I don’t purport to know all the details, but I recall reading (and this was more than a year ago) that McCourt sold off all of his Boston real estate holdings at the height of the real estate market, and used the proceeds to pay off the note he had with Fox. I also recall that he then re-financed Dodger Stadium at very favorable terms over 25 years. If anything, it appears to me that McCourt is a competent businessman with a long range plan, for which he needs no advice from fans. I suspect that the opening of the Camelback Ranch complex in Glendale and the modernization of Dodger Stadium that is scheduled to be completed in 2012 are both part of that plan. I also believe that by about 2012 or 2013 the Dodgers will be free of their contractual obligation to air their games on Fox, allowing them to establish their own regional network, where in fact, the real money resides.

    Again, I speak without any first hand knowledge, but it appears to me that all of the talk of deferred money and the backloading of some recent contracts (e.g., Furcal) lends credence to the idea that McCourt is thinking long term, with the thought that far greater revenues (the kind that can compete with Yankees, etc.) are anticipated in the years ahead.

  • ToyCannon

    Frank McCourt never had the cash to develop the property in Boston, prime real estate on the Boston harbor. That’s why he is called The Parking Lot Attendant. He sold the property & then borrowed half of the money of the sale price for the Dodgers from FOX who he bought the Dodgers from. So he was in double hock to FOX including FOX keeping the rights to Dodger telecasts. He paid off FOX (long term payments) by hocking Dodger Stadium. This guy is like an Enron exec., never had his own capital to purchase & keeps borrowing from Peter to pay Paul, etc. No one is lending now, so he can’t borrow & he still has no cash. That is why he cannot sign Manny outright without deferred payments & without interest. Manny has called his bluff & is willing to take 2yrs. 42 mill with some deferred payments, but now McCheap has competely pulled the deal & wants to start over–to low ball Manny since Manny apparently hasn’t had any other offers. McCourt is also into debt up to his ears with the 2 new Malibu estates he & his wife Jamie just bought to the tune of $46 mill.–all borrowed last summer before the economy tanked–with 0 down payment. He also has a home in BelAire; all together some very significant mortgage payments which is tighting his ability to freely sign a significant free agent like Manny.

  • Realist

    Toy Cannon,
    You are no doubt, a supreme businessman.That is clear. Your intimate knowledge of the McCourt holdings, dealings and real estate aquisitions is beyond parallel. I can only imagine the wealth of knowledge you could bestow upon the McCourt empire, to assist them through these trying times. Oh, to be a fly on the wall……

    We are all but lowly Dodger fans.

    Realist

  • ToyCannon

    I too am nothing but a lowly Dodger fan, but an opinionated one. You can, though with some help, get past your sarcasm. Well done!

  • TeamHasHoles

    Brooklyn Dodger has it pretty much right. McCourt doesn’t have the most resources, but he IS resourceful. You’ve never seen the Dodgers negotiate this way, and I’m guessing if Boras wasn’t Manny’s agent, this would have been handled in a more private and normal fashion.

    Complain all you want, but the Andruw Jones disaster alone is enough to make McCourt change his tactics when dealing with this guy, especially when it’s clear NO ONE ELSE WANTS HIS CLIENT!

  • Buddy

    You know, despite all this criticism McCourt has received and certainly some of it is justified, I think Brooklyn Dodger really hit the nail on the head with this one. The Dodgers under McCourt are clearly looking in the long-term both with respect to the financial viability of the franchise and with the development of the organization as a whole.

    Granted, McCourt has had his share of missteps, (his handling of Paul DePodesta, the departure of long-time and respected personnel such as Derrick Hall, and the questionable marketing and music at Dodger Stadium), he hasn’t made this team a laughing stock throughout the league. After all, they’re still a competitive team.

    For the most part, I think they’ve handled the Boras/Ramirez negotiations pretty well with the exception of this past weekend. There is no other team realistically Ramirez can sign with unless the Yankees out of nowhere decide to take him on which they’ve already publicly discounted. Manny Ramirez will be a Dodger eventually. I think it’s wise for everyone just to let this process play out because there’s nothing Dodger fans can do or say at this point to influence the process. Let’s enjoy Spring Training and hope this team is healthy by Opening Day because if all the stars are aligned, this is going to be a pretty good team to watch.

  • TeamHasHoles

    Amen Buddy… but they need a horse in the rotation too, not just a bat like Manny’s.

  • bluesince68.myopenid.com

    “Complain all you want, but the Andruw Jones disaster alone is enough to make McCourt change his tactics when dealing with this guy, especially when it’s clear NO ONE ELSE WANTS HIS CLIENT!”

    Huh?

    The Andruw Jones disaster is Boras’ fault?

    I suppose Boras stood there with a gun next to Colletti’s head and FORCED him to sign Jones to that ridiculous deal.

    Or perhaps he used a vulcan mind meld and took over Ned’s cranium for an afternoon?

    Jones is NED’s baby, plain and simple, as is Schmidt and Pierre.

  • dodgerdaisy

    I don’t blame the Dodgers for not giving Boras whatever he asked for considering there were no other offers coming in. But McCourt is pushing his luck. He should have taken the last offer from Boras. Now he’s just being a diva.

  • sj

    Unless the average age of the guy’s posting and essentially lambasting Dodger ownership is 18, how soon has everyone forgotten the contract headaches that Scott Boras has brought to Dodgertown for well over a decade now? It amazes me that people are so quick to blame ownership for not “ponying up,” and yet Boras is somehow looked upon as the “good guy” in all this. Are you kidding me?! The Atlanta Braves and a few other teams won’t even take this guy’s call anymore let alone ever negotiate with him again, regardless of who he’s representing. Name 5 other agents in baseball. Quick, let’s hear them. Can’t do it huh? That’s because a majority of these other guys negotiate directly with the team, not through the media and don’t expect banks to break every time they court their man.

    Certainly Dodger ownership shares a lot of the blame in the Manny fiasco. But at the end of the day, giving Boras any more credit than you’d give a slum lord is ridiculous.

  • neoncactus

    The Braves just signed Derek Lowe this offseason. I don’t like Boras, but take him for what he is, a tough negotiator. Manny wanted a longer deal, that market isn’t there, Boras wants to get the best deal he can, and he’s proven with Texeira and Lowe that he’s one of the best at it. That being said, they realized that Manny’s not going to get four years and came back with a two year offer with a different range of deferred money.

    In this negotiation, there are no good guys. Not Boras, but McCourt is certainly not a good guy here. First of all, before he lets his personal feelings for Boras ruin the deal, he needs to realize that with their latest offer, there was about a $1.5 million difference, a mere pittance in payroll terms, standing in the way of getting one of the best power hitters in the game, and somebody his lineup vitally needs.

    What makes McCourt an idiot is the insistence on deferred money. There are a lot of players they’ve signed with deferred money on their deals, not to mention Andruw Jones. Now he wants to defer $10 million a season? And while he could easily pay Manny the full amount this year while salaries for Kemp, Billingsley, Loney and DeWitt are pre-arb, and Martin, Ethier and Broxton are only first year arb, how does he plan to field competitive teams several years from now when this deferred money comes due and those homegrown players are getting much higher salaries due to arbitration? Easy – sign more free agents using deferred money!

    McCourt needs to get this deal done. After all this back and forth and drama, if Manny does sign elsewhere, there’s no way it could avoid having a negative effect on the other players.

  • neoncactus

    The Braves just signed Derek Lowe this offseason. I don’t like Boras, but take him for what he is, a tough negotiator. Manny wanted a longer deal, that market isn’t there, Boras wants to get the best deal he can, and he’s proven with Texeira and Lowe that he’s one of the best at it. That being said, they realized that Manny’s not going to get four years and came back with a two year offer with a different range of deferred money.

    In this negotiation, there are no good guys. Not Boras, but McCourt is certainly not a good guy here. First of all, before he lets his personal feelings for Boras ruin the deal, he needs to realize that with their latest offer, there was about a $1.5 million difference, a mere pittance in payroll terms, standing in the way of getting one of the best power hitters in the game, and somebody his lineup vitally needs.

    What makes McCourt an idiot is the insistence on deferred money. There are a lot of players they’ve signed with deferred money on their deals, not to mention Andruw Jones. Now he wants to defer $10 million a season? And while he could easily pay Manny the full amount this year while salaries for Kemp, Billingsley, Loney and DeWitt are pre-arb, and Martin, Ethier and Broxton are only first year arb, how does he plan to field competitive teams several years from now when this deferred money comes due and those homegrown players are getting much higher salaries due to arbitration? Easy – sign more free agents using deferred money!

    McCourt needs to get this deal done. After all this back and forth and drama, if Manny does sign elsewhere, there’s no way it could avoid having a negative effect on the other players.