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Dodgers Offer Manny $60 Million

Posted by Mike on October 24, 2008

From the NY Post:

The Dodgers have offered Manny Ramirez a two-year deal worth $60 million to remain in Los Angeles.

But are the Dodgers serious about having Ramirez return or mollifying their fans?

According to a person familiar with the Dodgers’ thinking, the offer was designed to appease the team’s fan base rather than actually retain Ramirez, who saved the Dodgers’ season with two sizzling months in which he batted .396 with 17 homers and 53 RBIs in 53 games and continued to mash in the postseason, batting .520 with four homers and 10 RBIs in eight games.

According to the person, the Dodgers know the 36-year-old and his agent, Scott Boras, are looking for a long-term deal – at least four years – and will certainly reject the two-year offer.

By having the offer leak out, the Dodgers hope that fans who fell quickly in love with Ramirez would believe the organization was making an extreme, good-faith effort to sign him, and that Ramirez and Boras simply wanted too much to be retained.

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