The Dodgers may sign Manny Ramirez.
The Dodgers may not sign Manny Ramirez.
As a Dodger fan, and as a baseball fan, I am good either way.
The impact Manny had on the Dodger last year is indisputable and well documented. He transformed the lineup, lightened the mood in the clubhouse, electrified the fans, and single handedly changed the complexion of the NL West. Getting him back in Dodger Blue seems like an easy decision.
Letting him go seems like a major misstep.
So the Dodgers could have easily given Manny the years and the coin that he and Scott Boras demanded. But haven’t the Dodgers been down that road before? Think Andrew Jones. Think Jason Schmidt. Think Kevin Brown. Think of the long line of high priced free agents that the Dodgers signed, only to watch them under perform.
The current Dodger regime seems committed to building from within. Sure, they have signed Juan Pierre, Hiroki Kuroda, Rafael Furcal, and Randy Wolf. But they will take the field alongside a young nucleus of ballplayers that have made their way through the Dodgers farm system: Russell Martin, James Loney, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Blake DeWitt, Chad Billingsley, Jonathan Broxton, Clayton Kershaw, and James McDonald.
Would this team look better, and perform better, with Manny Ramirez?
Of course it would. But I am glad the Dodgers refuse to bid against themselves. After all, the benefits of fiscal responsibility may never be so obvious. So why sign Manny for four years when no one else wants him for three.
Or two. Or even one!
The Dodgers may not sign Manny Ramirez. But they just might. And if they do, I suspect it will be on their own terms. And that may be a sure sign the Dodgers are finally doing thing things the Dodger Way.
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