After the dominating performance Manny Ramirez gave with the Dodgers this past season, LA is not ready to see their prize walk away just yet.
In an interview, Manny stated, “I want to see who is the highest bidder. Gas is up and so am I.”
This past Wednesday, General Manager Ned Colletti said that the Dodgers’ offer would give Manny the second-highest average salary, only to be outdone by Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez.
The Los Angeles Times has reported that the Dodgers’ offer is believed to be for two years at roughly $45 million.
Ramirez’s agent, Scott Boras, is reportedly seeking a long-term deal.
It seems to me that the Dodgers are being very hesitant on pitching Manny the long term deal for a couple of reasons:
- Manny is 36-years-old
- The Dodgers need to invest in other priorities with the highest being their bullpen.
In 53 regular season games in LA, Ramirez hit .396 with 17 home runs, 53 RBIs, 36 runs scored, 74 hits and 35 walks.
In the playoffs, Manny hit .520 with 4 home runs, 10 RBIs, 9 runs scored, and 11 walks in 8 games.
Other teams like the Orioles, Blue Jays, and Yankees will not be able to offer Manny a deal until November 14 (see this post for more free-agent info).