If you have not heard by now, Manny Ramirez and his agent Scott Boras have once again declined a one-year, $25 million deal to stay in Los Angeles, so it looks like we still have no clue where Manny will be. With Spring Training around the corner and Manny without a team, it looks like he will have to settle for less and play for a small market team like the Giants or the Nationals.
Now Manny still might end up in LA, but will he get more than $25 million a year? The answer is no.
Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti is making a very wise decision, and that is not to have a bidding war against yourself. See what other teams will do before you make a monster offer to a player. I respect his decisions, but does LA need Manny? Still the answer is no.
I believe Manny did make an impact on the Dodgers, and it would be great to see him back in LA (for LA fans), but the Dodgers were a great team before they got him, and I think they wasted their whole offseason on this clown.
Look, why don't they go after Adam Dunn, Orlando Hudson, or even Orlando Cabrera? They may not have the same bat Manny can offer, but each of them is younger, faster, and especially more eager to try to win. If they got even two of these three players with a new starting pitcher, then the Dodgers would be just as good.
They have let a lot of their players go, like Brad Penny, Nomar Garciaparra, Takashi Saito, and others (off the top of my head) who had helped them to the NL Championship last year. Don't get me wrong; if the Dodgers are looking for postseason success, they need Manny, but they need to get to the postseason first.
The Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti needs to just let Manny go. If he goes anywhere, he'll be a Giant or a Cardinal, and when (if) they succeed without him, the Dodgers saved possibly 25 to 100 million dollars on a man who doesn't show up in left field, plays inside the Green Monster at Fenway Park, and jogs to first base. They would also have players like Dunn and Hudson, who are young and have potential.
On some final notes, Manny, I have something to say to you: "Swallow your pride; you are one of the richest men in baseball. In this economy you should be glad to have the chance to play, so play."
Manny is a fun guy in the clubhouse until June, when he will start complaining about his contract and start getting into fights with the guy who sells tickets for Boston. No matter how good he was, you can get so much more from that huge amount of money than using it on a player that will play a great "half season."