Estes not happy with Dodgers parting

In the Summer of Manny, this isn’t going to get a lot of attention, but it’s an interesting read. In contrast to reports that he had retired, pitcher Shawn Estes talked to the Reno Gazette-Journal last week and didn’t have the kindest of words for the Dodgers and Ned Colletti.

Estes said, in part, “When I attempted to get my release, it was denied. He was not going to let me walk; he wanted something in return for me. If I signed somewhere else and pitched well for another team, it might make him look bad.”

Q&A: Estes ‘not retired,’ still wants to play in bigs

Three months in: Best and worst free agents

Jon Heyman at SI.com lists the best and worst free agent pick ups from last winter.

Predictably, the Dodgers’ get high marks for Orlando Hudson and Randy Wolf, although Heyman does list Manny Ramirez among the worst signings.

Hey, I get it, Manny put himself in this position by getting suspended 50 games for violating MLB’s drug policy, but it will be interesting to see where Heyman lists Manny by the end of the season.

In other words, beginning July 3 the ball is in Manny’s court.