Ramirez Again Turns Down Dodgers
Well that didn't take too long did it?
For the fourth time this offseason, free agent slugger Manny Ramirez turns down the Los Angeles Dodgers' contract offer.
This one, a one-year, $25 million deal that featured a $20 million player option for 2010 seemed like an ideal offer for Ramirez. Based on his performance this season and next winter's economy, Ramirez could decide whether or not the money was greener elsewhere.
Instead, the Dodgers seem slightly annoyed and Manny is still being Manny on his own dime.
"We want Manny back, but we feel we are negotiating against ourselves," Dodgers owner Frank McCourt said in a statement. "When his agent finds those 'serious offers' from other clubs, we'll be happy to restart the negotiations."
Despite this latest rebuff, the Dodgers still want Ramirez and he and agent Scott Boras have not sworn off signing with Los Angeles but now both sides are back at square one.
Speaking of former members of the Red Sox and Dodgers, Nomar Garciaparra is back on the radar as Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the free agent infielder is likely looking at either Oakland or retirement.
Garciaparra, 35, only played in 55 games last year and appears to be Oakland's back up free agent pick up should the A's be unable to bring in Orlando Cabrera. The A's are also eyeing reliever Dennys Reyes but signing Garciaparra first would prevent Oakland from making a more lucrative offer to Cabrera and Reyes.
The Philadelphia Phillies had been giving Garciaparra a look but seem to be turning their gaze elsewhere.
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