Manny Ramirez Officially Agrees to Re-Sign With Dodgers for Two Years, $45M

Vincent JacksonCorrespondent IMarch 4, 2009

It's not a joke, Dodgers fans.

This is real.

MLB.com is reporting that Manny Ramirez has officially re-signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers after months of rejecting different offers, agreeing to a two-year deal worth $45 million.

Ramirez came to the Dodgers on July 31 through a three-team trade involving the Boston Red Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Ramirez, 36, served as a spark plug for the Dodgers' run to the National League Western division title, hitting a combined 37 home runs and driving in 121 runs.

He was even more dangerous against the Chicago Cubs in the Division Series and the eventual world champion Philadelphia Phillies in the League Championship Series, hitting .520 with four home runs and 10 RBI.

He originally sought a contract length of six years at a salary range of about $27.5 million a year. The Dodgers initially offered two years at $45 million plus a $15 million third-year option.

He was offered arbitration, then made a one-year offer of $25 million before presenting an offer last week loosely based on the original two-year, $45 million deal, dropping the option year and adding the player opt-out clause at the request of agent Scott Boras.

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