Going with the ‘Anchorman‘ theme of the last couple posts. “I’m Ron Burgandy?”. “I’m telling you Burgandy will read anything you put on that teleprompter!” Still cracks me up.
I too have a strange desire to believe and recite everything I read! A piece of news just popped up about the Manny Ramirez contract dispute with the Dodgers. This blog is not really mean’t to report the news (I’m pretty sure Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated beats me there), so here is a link and a small exerpt from the piece.
DANA POINT, Calif. — The Dodgers’ two year-offer to Manny Ramirez — believed to be for about $45 million — is very unlikely to lead to a quick deal between the sides, or perhaps any deal.
The sides are so far apart that the Blue Jays, Orioles and perhaps the Yankees and other teams likely have moved ahead of the Dodgers in terms of their chances to win the services of the mercurial superstar. Those outside teams aren’t eligible to make offers until Nov. 14, but the Dodgers have thus far failed to get a jump start on the others with a proposal so far below Ramirez’s asking price that Manny is likely thinking more seriously about outside options now.
It looks like ‘Panda Watch‘ is starting to heat up around here! Manny wants the years, and the Dodgers look unwilling to give it to him. Scott Boras, ‘the Manster’s’ agent, will get what his client wants. You can count on that. If Manny is not signed by November 14th, it looks
like my prediction of him being back with the Dodgers is in trouble.
Depending on the market, I think the Jays are in a good position to make a serious play for Manny post-Nov. 14th. The Jays desparately needed hitting last year. This might be our window of opporitunity to get some.
As far as the clubhouse and ‘on field’ ‘shenanigans’ that come with Manny, they didn’t seem to effect the Dodgers on their late push for the NL West last season. The Jays have had to suffer with the likes of a disgruntled Shea Hillenbrand, Ted Lilly, and Frank Thomas in the past. I’m sure that Cito Gaston, a great student of the baseball swing, would respect and welcome the presence of a pure vetern hitter like Manny Ramirez in the clubhouse, especially if he is hitting behind Alex Rios.
THE ‘PANDA WATCH!’ CONTINUES