Memo to the Dodgers: Enough Negotiating with Manny Ramirez, Already

Gregory PearsollContributor IFebruary 27, 2009

As you have heard, Manny Ramirez has once again rejected a two-year, $45 million dollar deal from the L.A. Dodgers.

This time, Manny and his agent, Scott Boras, objected to the fact the Dodgers deferred some of the money into future years, similar to what they did when they released Andruw Jones, who currently is trying out for the Texas Rangers.

After nearly five months, the Dodgers should really consider other options besides Manny Ramirez. It is obvious he is going to hold out until he gets his four to six year/$100-150 million contract or a deal with the Yankees, who cannot afford him due to roster space and luxury tax issues (their payroll is over $200M as is).

In addition, nobody wants to sign him because of concerns about his behaviour in Boston, where he basically walked away from two $20 million options ($40 million/2 years). All of this "Manny being Manny" trouble is harming his value, because of concerns he may try to sit out a game again, acting like a spoiled child because he doesn't get what he wants.

A decent alternative for the Dodgers would be to either go into Opening Day with an outfield of Juan Pierre(LF), Matt Kemp (CF) and Andre Ethier (RF), then go from there.

Another option would be to trade for an outfielder, such as Nick Swisher or Xavier Nady, who the Yankees will have to eventually deal due to their currently inflexible roster, along with concerns with Posada's throwing arm. Other possible names that could be available include Jermaine Dye, Magglio Ordonez, Marlon Byrd, and others.

It would set a good example for baseball if Manny Ramirez does not get what he wants, as he is being very greedy in demanding so much money during an economic recession. While people are suffering, he should take less money like Pat Burrell, Adam Dunn, and Bobby Abreu did.

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