Manny Says 'No' to Dodgers' Dough

Playing baseball for $25 million isn't something that Manny Ramirez relishes, so he has -- again -- rejected the Dodgers' offer. Owner Frank McCourt has declined to bid against himself and the next move will have to be made by Ramirez or Boras, or whomever is in charge.

Manny Rejects Offer; Dodgers Back Off The Dodgers received a letter from Scott Boras, the agent for Manny Ramirez, rejecting the offer that the club made. This rejection is the fourth by the agent in the club's attempts to sign Manny.

The Dodgers, offered $25 million for 2009 and an option of $20 for 2010, allowing the outfielder to seek greener pastures if that was his wish. It apparently wasn't.

The Boras/Ramirez camp has stated often that they are looking for a four or five year contract at something like $25 million per. And they again alluded to another bidder who is very interested. They Dodgers don't seem to buy that lie of negotiating.

?"We love Manny Ramirez," said Dodgers Owner Frank McCourt, "And we want Manny back, but we feel we are negotiating against ourselves. When his agent finds those 'serious offers' from other clubs, we'll be happy to re-start the negotiations.

?"Even with an economy that has substantially eroded since last November, out of respect for Manny and his talents, we actually improved our offer.

?"So now, we start from scratch."

Somewhere in the background you can hear the Red Sox laughing.

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