Tuesday, December 30, 2008

First to Third: Where Will Manny Be Manny?

Monday afternoon rumors started flying that the L.A. Dodgers were interested in Adam Dunn as their power-hitting outfielder which could only mean one thing for Manny Ramirez: trouble.

Without the Dodgers in the mix, Manny might have a difficult time finding a new address for 2009. The Yankees have already spent over $400 million this off-season, the Angels say they're not interested, and the Red Sox... well I think we've all read that book already. As the off-season began, the Dodgers had offered Ramirez $45 million over two years, but quickly yanked that offer off the table when Manny and agent Scott Boras laughed at it. The Dodgers are laughing now as no one is willing to meet the leftfielder's price tag, which could force Ramirez to go crawling back to LA. - at a reduced price.

Manny's best at-bats come in crunch time and October, so look for a competitor to swoop in and sign Manny to a one-year deal. The darkhorse for Ramirez? Retirement. He flirted with the idea already and I wouldn't put it past him to take a year off if he doesn't get what he wants.

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