McCourt says there was a reason for Dodgers’ transparency on offers to Manny

He seemed to suggest that club officials were suspicious that if they didn’t make their offers public, those offers would never make it to Manny Ramirez before Scott Boras rejected them.
“The purpose was to let Manny know we wanted him,” Frank said. “We just wanted to make sure he knew.”
When I pressed him on this, asking him specifically if he was suggesting that Boras hides offers from his clients, Frank didn’t bite. (More specifically, I referred to several other dealings with several other Boras clients, which I laid out on this blog a few nights ago, and whether Dodgers believed Boras had rejected Dodgers’ offers to those clients without the clients being made aware of those offers).
“I’m not comfortable getting into that,” McCourt said. “To me, that is all water under the bridge.”
What McCourt did say was that negotiations are back at square one, that there is no offer on the table and that THERE WILL BE NO MANNY NEWS TODAY. Today, he said, is about the glorious opening of Camelback Ranch, where the Dodgers and White Sox will tee it up in about 90 minutes.

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  • Realist

    Tony,
    When Frank explained why the Dodgers were so ” transparent” in their dealings with Manny, was he refering to how everyone thought it was a straight up 45 mil contact? It only became transparent when the details were “leaked” ? I think thats funny as hell.

    By the way, I will be out there all next week. I’ll will stop by and introduce myself, if I see you.

    Regards,

    Realist

  • joshburke2

    I would compare this to Furcal’s signed offer sheet from Atlanta. The market is now set at one year $25 MIL cash w/ second year option @ $20 M. I gues now will find out if there are any takers…bye Manny.

  • joshburke2

    What bugs me though is he’s totally worth that contarct and LA , we assume, can afford it. Why aren’t we just paying this guy?

  • bryboiblue

    Why should the Dodgers pay that when nobody is offering Manny a single penny to play next season at this point?

  • LASteve

    Josh

    Cuz it’s business, which is not the same as baseball.

    Heck just look at Barry Bonds for a prime example of what paying for talent but someone who is a cancer can do to a team.

  • El Lay Dave

    I think this is just a tough, down-and-dirty, business negotiation; what’s different is that baseball FAs have never tried to sign in an economy this tough. McCourt has to be worried about revenue projections in this economy – people that lose jobs don’t buy tickets, don’t pay $15 to park, don’t buy jerseys, etc.

    BTW, I assume that every fan who has clamored to a GM/owner to stand up to Scott Boras and stick it to him is cheering on McCourt with his every breath, otherwise that fan is disingenuous too.

  • rjthrelkeld

    Because the point in signing him is to make the team better and not beggar-thy-neighbor Giants.

  • LASteve

    El Lay Dave

    Boras is evil in my book, he and his ways are making the game too uncompetitive between the big spending big market teams and the small market teams.

    If the Yankees buy a WS this year, my point will be made.

  • El Lay Dave

    LASteve – The Yankees try to buy a WS nearly every year. Once in awhile, they win one. Their odds are certainly better because of the giant payroll, but they still haven’t won one in the last eight years.

  • joshburke2

    WOW! http://blogs.pe.com/prosports/2009/03/dodgers-ramirez-and-boras-rele.html

    He’ll play for defered $; 43.5 for 2 yrs with an out after first year. He wants to be a Dodger! DODGERS!