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Report: Manny 'planning to' exercise $20 million option, stay with Dodgers

Oct 28, 2009, 1:13 PM EDT

Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that Manny Ramirez “is planning to exercise” his $20 million option for 2010 rather than test the free-agent market again following a season in which he was suspended for 50 games.
Ramirez remains a headache and he’ll be 38 years old next season, but had he accumulated enough plate appearances to qualify for the season-long leaderboards his .949 OPS would have ranked seventh among all NL hitters. His adjusted OPS+ of 149 would have ranked sixth in the league and was just slightly below his career mark of 155 (which happens to be the 25th-best OPS+ in baseball history).
And while much was made of Ramirez slumping down the stretch his .838 OPS after the All-Star break still put him in the league’s top 25, including ninth-best among outfielders. Love him or hate him Ramirez is still one of the elite right-handed bats in all of baseball and the Dodgers should be happy to welcome him back on what is essentially a one-year, $20 million deal.
Replacing his production would have meant either giving up tons of value in a trade or handing out a huge long-term contract to a free agent like Matt Holliday or Jason Bay. Compared to either of those options another season of Manny makes a lot of sense for a Dodgers team that went 59-40 (.600) with Ramirez in the lineup this year. He has until five days after the World Series to make his decision official.

  1. Doug Taylor - Oct 28, 2009 at 2:39 PM

    The Dodger and Joe Torre deserve this headache. His numbers may be gaudy; but his best years are behind him. They were a far better team and I emphasize team when he was out on suspension. They faded badly down the stretch and Pierre had to sit in order to justify that big salary.

  2. jeff - Oct 28, 2009 at 3:11 PM

    I’m just glad the Sox finally got rid of him and all his drama! From faking injuries to refusing to play to demanding trades one week and saying he wants to stay the next. Goodbye Manny!

  3. Ken R. - Oct 28, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    As a Dodger fan, I only wish the team had put a steroid clause into that phat contract of Ramirez’s. Then they could opt out and put what is now an OK ballplayer (albeit steroid-free!) out to pasture where he belongs. Juan Pierre is a MUCH better player and the Dodgers are a MUCH better team with JP in left field. I just hope the Dodgers can hang on to Pierre.

  4. Alexis - Oct 28, 2009 at 3:23 PM

    Manny is a disgrace to baseball and a mediocre player at best. I will not be rooting for the Dodgers next season unless Juan Pierre in in the outfield. Manny should be ready to fade away into oblivion.

  5. Pam - Oct 28, 2009 at 3:37 PM

    Manny should leave the game now before he becomes another Barry Bonds – someone who NO ONE wants and NO ONE CARES!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Goldie - Oct 28, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    Anyone want some cheese with that wine?? Come on folks, he did it, let’s move on. Ortiz was bit and so was Alex Rodriguez. This is baseball in the 90’s and 00’s. The game’s getting cleaner but baseball has always been a game of trying to do anything to get ahead- stealing signs, spitballs (HOF Gaylord Perry anyone??), etc.
    Manny is still a very good player even at 37. Did Pierre fill in great- Oh yeah. But he’s been a bust up until this time, don’t forget that.

  7. comeonman - Oct 28, 2009 at 4:26 PM

    Goldie, I agree, well said

  8. JuBangas - Oct 28, 2009 at 4:57 PM

    I just have one question about this blogger…Why does he extend out the winning percentage of the Dodgers with Manny in the lineup to three digits if he’s going to round the number? The winning percentage was .596… What a dope.

  9. Charlie - Oct 28, 2009 at 6:28 PM

    I had something to say but I think Goldie said it all.

  10. Cru11 - Oct 29, 2009 at 1:23 AM

    Juan Pierre a bust up? .301 batting average over 10 seasons and averaging 47 stolen bases a year with decent range in the of. Oh, and a .304 postseason batting average. Bust up my ass. The Dodgers are way better with Pierre instead of manny the bum.

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