According to the LA Times, Manny Ramirez has turned down a 1-year deal worth $25 million from the LA Dodgers.
It appears that Manny is looking for a multi-year deal. Either that or he is playing coy with them to get the years up. It is sort-of like saying, "How bad do you want me".
Meanwhile, the Mets have finally come to terms with Oliver Perez...Thank God.
Now Mets fans, this is where it gets interesting; when we all bicker and clamor for a big bat. I have read in many other blogs that some people would entertain the possibility of Adam Dunn. I disagree with that only because he strikes out more than he hits and he is left handed.
The Times list the Mets, Angels, and Nationals looking at Manny, but not at Manny prices. They simply do not want to pay more than $20 million per year for his services.
According to Metsblog.com yesterday, Cerrone said that WFAN's Tony Paige (who does the overnights) heard from a good source that the Mets have interest in Ramirez and might pursue him this week.
Since the Mets have lost such a good amount of money (Maddoff Scandal) and they are close to the luxury tax threshold of $160, they would prefer not to even glance at Ramirez, but look for another right handed bat of lesser amount.
The Mets are not done. I believe they still need another lefthander in the bullpen. There are a couple of names out there like Will Ohman or Joe Beimel. Ohman was a workhorse for Atlanta and was second in appearance last year with 83.