New Ramirez Offer, Same Ramirez Result
Just when you thought there might be some movement on the Manny Ramirez front, we find out that there officially isn't any ... and there might not be for awhile.
Monday afternoon, Dodgers GM Ned Colletti confirmed that the team had offered the slugging outfielder a second offer, this time extending a one-year, $25 million deal, complete with a 48-hour deadline to accept or reject it, outright.
Well, Ramirez and agent Scott Boras did exactly what you'd think they'd do: According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, they rejected it summarily.
So, let's see if we've got the entire story straight. There's only one known suitor for Ramirez; the Dodgers. They've offered deals worth $25 million for a single year and $22.5 million for two years. He's rejected both deals without further negotiation.
Obviously, there's a single clear question here: What does Boras know that everyone else doesn't?
That seems impossible to tell. The only other teams with possible interest cited are the Mets, Giants and Nationals, though all three have denied interest in Ramirez at varying stages of free agency. Since then, the Giants have openly postulated making a run at Ramirez, though San Francisco claims it would only sign Ramirez under terms that make sense for them. Mets GM Omar Minaya has lusted after Ramirez in the past, but has denied the team has any interest in him throughout recent days.
As for the Nationals, GM Jim Bowden has consistently said Ramirez doesn't fit with the team's long term plan. That's certainly true, but it also could be a negotiating ploy to set the stage for Washington to swoop in and steal Ramirez without giving the Dodgers a chance to match their offer.
Probably not, but Nats fans can always dream, can't they?
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