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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.

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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.

By CJ Holley  |  February 27, 2009; 1:06 AM ET
Categories:  Athletics , Dodgers , Phillies , Red Sox  
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Comments

What is this guy's problem? I understand he wants to get paid, but $25 million isn't enough? Unbelievable. It just doesn't seem like a team is coming out of the woodwork with a 4 year deal like he is looking for. Though, it didn't look like the Yanks were going to land Teixeira until they did it, either.

Posted by: Cavalier83 | February 27, 2009 5:55 AM | Report abuse

He must be delusional.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | February 27, 2009 6:51 AM | Report abuse

Delussional? are you serious? What Manny and Boras understand is that in real dollar terms a Manny contract is almost a zero-sum game. The number of butts in the seats and the increase in revenue would more than make up for whatever ludicrous contract Manny ends up signing.

As insane as these contracts sound he's still getting low-balled.

And why would it surprise anyone that Manny rejected this offer when he rejected the two year ~$50m offered early in the off-season.

Posted by: noahthek | February 27, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

As a life long Dodger fan, I have to say "Go sign with the Giants, so you can lose to the Dodgers all year!"

Posted by: RareCaliConservative | February 27, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

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