At long last..Manny and Dodgers strike deal


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After months of back-and-forth negotiations, a meeting Wednesday between Manny Ramirez, his agents and Los Angeles Dodgers management has culminated in a deal for the slugger.

Ramirez and the Dodgers have agreed in principle on a two-year, $45 million contract, pending a physical.

According to, $25 million of the contract is deferred over five years and Ramirez has the right to opt out of the deal after one year. According to The Associated Press, Ramirez has full no-trade protection.

The outfielder, his agents Scott Boras and Mike Fiore, Dodgers manager Joe Torre, and owner Frank McCourt and general manager Ned Colletti met in the Los Angeles area Wednesday morning. Torre and Colletti arrived from spring training in Arizona.

Los Angeles announced last week that Ramirez declined its latest offer, a $25 million, one-year contract with a $20 million player option for 2010. That deal would have included deferred payments of $10 million each in 2011 and 2012 and $5 million in 2013.

Boras countered with a proposal that included no deferred money, leaving the sides about $3 million apart in present-day value. At the time, a frustrated McCourt told reporters that any negotiations going forward would "start from scratch."

Following his trade to Los Angeles at the deadline last July, Ramirez led the Dodgers to the NL West title, hitting .396 with 17 home runs, 53 RBIs, 36 runs scored, 74 hits and 35 walks in 53 regular-season games.

Ramirez was even more potent in the postseason, hitting .520 with four homers, 10 RBIs, nine runs scored and 11 walks in eight playoff games.

The 12-time All-Star has hit 527 career homers, with another 28 in the postseason.

Information from senior writer Jayson Stark and Major League Baseball reporter Jerry Crasnick was used in this report.
After long awaited months, Manny and the Dodgers finally agree on a 2-year/$45 million deal


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It's about time!

Looks like Scott Boras got owned!

So much for his delcaration that "I'll always find a better deal" - The better deal was always going to be from L.A., especially when one considers Manny never wanted to leave - he wants to retire in Dodger Blue, and I couldn't be more thrilled.

With this, the Dodgers are now a legitimate World Series contender and I couldn't be any happier for it!


Sultan of Swat
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It's about time that he signs with the Dodgers, it wouldn't make sense if he didn't accept this great offer that was left on the table for him. The Dodgers must be extremely happy that hes finally signed. He will definitely make this team better.


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I'm tired of hearing about this crap so I'm happy it's friggin over with!

It's about time someone Boras represented didnt get what they wanted.


Sultan of Swat
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I personally don't know the full story, but deep down I believe it's Boras fault that they took so long to come to an agreement, the guy is a greedy son of a bitch, sorry about my language, but I cannot stand him because of what hes done in the past, and what he keeps doing. If I was an athelete in baseball there's no way I would hire him as my agent.