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Ramirez to return to Dodgers next season

Nov 7, 2009, 11:21 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for manny ramirez option.jpgManny Ramirez will be a Dodger again
in 2010. His agent Scott Boras informed general manager Ned Colletti on
Friday that the 37-year-old slugger
would not exercise the escape clause in his contract.
As part of the two-year, $45 million contract that Ramirez signed in
March, he had the option to re-enter the free agent market after the
season. Instead, Ramirez elected to return to the Dodgers for the price
of $20 million.



“Obviously, he enjoys L.A.,” Boras said. “If he went into the
marketplace, the real negative was that he could end up playing in a
place he wasn’t comfortable playing.”



His decision shouldn’t qualify as a
huge surprise considering the kind of season that he had. Ramirez was
off to a piping hot start, batting .348/.492/.691 with six home runs
and 20 RBI until he was suspended for violating MLB’s
performance-enhancing drug policy in May. But he just wasn’t the same
hitter upon his return, batting an underwhelming .269/.389/.492 with 13
home runs and 43 RBI. He risked making considerably less on the open
market.




Ramirez continues to be a liability
in left field, but anytime you can have one of the most feared
right-handed batters of all-time in your lineup, it’s pretty hard to
complain. With one of the most potent outfields in the sport, Colletti
will turn his focus to finding a taker for the remaining two years and
$18.5 million left on Juan Pierre’s contract.

  1. Ditto - Nov 7, 2009 at 3:52 PM

    I hope the Dodgers get everything they deserve for hiring Ramirez in the first place: lazy play for the team, lousy play in the field, distractions in the clubhouse, and excuses when he is not up to the task

  2. Rudolf Shanda - Nov 7, 2009 at 4:49 PM

    Manny made several outstanding plays in the outfield during the playoffs.
    He is well liked in the clubhouse and I believe will have a outstanding year in 2010 now that the distractions are over.

  3. Ditto - Nov 8, 2009 at 8:06 AM

    The Dodgers will eventually tire of the shinanigans Ramirez brings to the clubhouse (see also: Boston; Cleveland).

  4. andrew.tite@yahoo.com - Jan 4, 2010 at 7:47 AM

    Hello there, thank you for a excellent post, a really great beginning to the 2010, keep up the fantastic work, Angela.

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