It was only a few months ago that Manny Ramirez came to Los Angeles, took the Dodgers, placed them firmly on his back, and carried them to the playoffs. MannyMania struck Southern California, as Ramirez hit a ridiculous .396 and drove in 53 runs in 53 games as a Dodger before the Phillies knocked them out of the NLCS. Though I’m sure Manny was disappointed that the Dodgers didn’t win it all, he took solace in the fact that he would get another $100 million contract from some sucker in the offseason.
Well, while there may still be a sucker born every minute, it seems those suckers have developed a tighter grip on their wallets these days. When the Dodgers offered him a two-year deal for $45 million after the season Manny and his agent Scott Boras basically laughed it off, thinking that a larger deal lay ahead for him. As for the Dodgers end, the offer was seen as nothing more than an attempt to quell the fan base with a “Hey, we tried to keep him.” Now it’s starting to look more and more like Manny is going to wind up back in L.A., and he may have to end up accepting the Dodgers arbitration offer.