GM Ned Colletti had an interesting day. He was supposed to be in Mesa, AZ for the Dodgers first Spring Training game of the year. Instead, he flew back to Los Angeles for more negotiations with Manny Ramirez's agent, Scott Boras. The end result was a new 2-year, $45 million deal for Manny.
This is how it would work out. The first year would pay $25 million. The second year is actually a player-option, which Manny can forgo to enter back into free agency after this season. If he picks it up, he'll get the remaining $20 million. The option is to allow Manny the, well, option of going back into the free agent market if he deems it stronger than this year.
So now we'll see where this goes. Manny has long wanted a 4-year, $100 million deal, but that's obviously not going to happen. He then supposedly wanted at least 3 years, but the Dodgers won't budge on only 2 at the most. Maybe Manny will finally see that this is the best that's going to be offered to him and to take it. We will see.
Like always, stay tuned...