Bye - Bye, Manny

The Dodgers offered $25 million to 37 year old Manny Ramirez - AND HE TURNED IT DOWN! Enough already. In these troubled economic times, which will get even worse before they get better, NO athlete is worth $25 million a year. That's an insult to every paying fan. For Manny to say no so quickly is one sure sign he ain't got his head screwed on right.

Here's a guy who doesn't care to field, to run out ground balls, who hits only when he feels like it, and who walks away from a too, too generous offer, which seems to be the only one he has received, saying in effect it isn't enough for somebody as great as he thinks he is.

The Dodgers are better off. Hitting a baseball is see ball, hit ball. Manny surely does that better than most - when he wants, which on his record is an on again, off again thing.

Feeling slighted by the offer, who could feel assured the sulky, quirky guy would feel really welcome  back in Dodgers Blue. To be sure, he was great for the several months he was with the Dodgers in 2008, but his major league record before that leaves a great big question mark as to how long that could last regardless of the length of his contract.

Manny is a very high risk guy who's off-season actions - aided and abetted by his equally high risk agent - ought to raise red flags and warning signals throughout the sport.

The Dodgers would be well advised to take a good hard look at the risks before proceeding any further with Manny. They should move on and quickly.

Heck, the $25 million would buy Adam Dunn AND 2B Orlando Hudson and at least a couple of the remaining free agent pitchers available - all of whom would be more than delighted to play in sunny, warm, press friendly LA.

The Dodgers could play Hudson, move Blake Dewitt to 3B, Casey Blake to right or left and free the Dodgers of the temptation to play one armed Juan Pierre in the outfield. Other options are available as well.

The Dodgers have wasted too, too much time in the dangerous Manny Ramirez waiting game and must move on and move on now.

Good luck to Ramirez and Boras in finding a pigeon to overpay for an aging, one dimensional hitter trying to rob the bank when most of the banks in the country are frankly fighting to stay open. 

Ask the Red Sox what they think of having to handle Ramirez! Does anyone think they'd take that headache back? Not by a long shot.

We wouldn't pay any single player in the sport the money Ramirez wants, even if we were an owner with deep pockets (which the Dodgers may not have).

The positive aspect of this debacle is Dodgers Manager Joe Torre will have more to write about in his next book!

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