Heeeeeeeeeeee's baaaaaaaaack! That's right, folks, Manny Ramirez is back with the LA Dodgers.
Today, Ramirez signed a two-year, $45 million contract with the Dodgers. In 2009, Ramirez will be paid $25 million, with a $20 million option for 2010. Ramirez has until November of 2009 to void the option for 2010. If he does not opt out, Ramirez will be paid $20 million, but not all in 2010.
Twenty-five million dollars paid from this deal will be over a five-year period, earning him five million dollars over those five years. This is one of many offers given to Ramirez this winter. Three deals were sent to Ramirez, he rejected them until finally settling for this latest offer.
This move will bring much more success to the Dodgers' lineup. Instead of Juan Pierre in left field, the Dodgers have a power bat in the lineup to boost the hitters around the middle of the order.
Here is what the lineup would look like without Ramirez:
Out of that group, not one hitter cleared the 25 home run mark. However, with Ramirez in the lineup, blossoming young players like Ethier and Kemp will receiver better at bats.
Ramirez, a perennial threat to hit 30 home runs, packs a big punch in the middle of the lineup. Kemp, who hit 18 home runs in 2008, and Ethier, who hit 20 home runs in 2008, will both benefit from hitting in front of Ramirez, a sure-fire, first-ballot Hall-of-Famer. Both Kemp and Ethier have developing potential to be serious power hitters, but having Ramirez in the middle of the order is instrumental to the two young outfielders reaching their potential.
Dodgers manager Joe Torre said Manny seemed excited to be back.