November 28, 2014

Let the Manny Ramirez Negotiations Begin!

So ESPN is reporting that the $20-$25 million per year isn’t the issue, it’s the length of the contract, with Ned pushing for two years instead of five or six.

My take is that this is a smart move by Ned for several reasons: one, this is a negotiation. We all know a five or six-year deal for Manny makes absolutely no sense for a NL team. Where’s he going to hit when his knees break down? At 33, Manny’s no spring chicken! Two, the team has been burned by long-term contracts in the past. Does Darren Dreifort’s infamous five-year, $55 million contract in 2000 ring any bells? Personally, I’d take Manny for three years at A-Rod money. He proved a lot to me during his short stint in LA, and the effect he had on the players both on and off the field was undeniable.

Plus, Ned has shown that he likes short-term contracts while in LA, and it probably kept him from getting fired this off-season. Could you imagine if the Andruw Jones and Jason Schmidt deals were for 4+ years??

I’m sure we’ll now see Scott Boras start talking about mythical offers from “unnamed clubs” in an effort to get Ned to bid against himself, but I think we’re long past the Boras shenanigans of old working in 2008 (God, at least I hope we are).

Your move, Manny…

Gary Bennett Signs

While I can appreciate Gary Bennett and the knowledge of the National League that he brings to the Dodgers, I find it a bit ironic that not four days ago the Dodgers ran a lead story on their Web site with the headline “No Current Dodgers in Mitchell Report” (what’s even more interesting is that the club has since given the article a new headline: “Dodgers Cooperate with Mitchell Team.”  I can accept Bennett’s apology and look forward to seeing how he helps our pitching staff in 2008.  There’s a lot to be said for adding a solid veteran to the lineup for his mind, rather than his bat.  Next up for Ned: a middle reliever.

Yukoso! Kuroda Signs with Dodgers

Yukoso (welcome) Hiroki Kuroda! Yes, according to Tony Jackson at the LA Daily News, it’s official pending a physical. A huge signing for the Dodgers, especially considering the lack of quality pitchers currently available on the free agent market or via trade. Nice job, Ned!