Manny’s Staying In LA (He Loves It!)
You got your wish, kid.
The never-ending “will he or won’t he” saga surrounding Manny Ramirez came to an end today after he agreed to rejoin the Dodgers for two years at $45 million. How very upstanding and selfless of him. In what the LA Times call “The Great Compromise of 2009,” both sides finally got this re-signing out of public’s eye after months and months of “is Manny going to stay in LA?” The deal pays him $25 million for this season — second highest behind A-Rod — and if he decides to exercise his player option in 2010, Ramirez will get $20 million.
Does anyone really think next season, even with 20 million dollars on the table, won’t be a repeat of this season? Manny will do what he normally does — be the best right-handed hitter in baseball and somehow, next season’s money won’t be enough. Maybe I’m just jaded from previous Manny contract discussions, but that’s the way I see it.
“If you paid me 25 last season, why not do the same this season?”
Or something like that. Like I said, I’m jaded.
As for the Dodgers, everyone knows what they are getting. When he’s dialed in and committed to playing hard, Manny is one of the best players in the league, defensive shortcomings be damned. But there are other times where Manny acts as petulant as the worst temper tantrum kid around. Just ask Boston. Here’s hoping, for Dodgers fans, that Manny is sufficiently satisfied and placated enough so his time in LA doesn’t (d)evolve into yet another “Manny Ramirez and his negative media circus.”
Update: Looks like the Dodgers got the upper-hand with the contract negotiations.
Ramirez accepted the same deal the Dodgers offered last Wednesday — two years, $45 million ($25 million in 2009, $20 million in 2010), payment deferred over five years without interest, with an opt-out clause after one season paid at $10 million each for the first four years and $5 million for the fifth.
Looks like he doesn’t have a leg to stand on if he decides to complain, but he can opt out.