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Manny Ramirez thought about opting out of his contract? Sure he did.

Feb 3, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

If it weren’t for that “the Braves shouldn’t have kept Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz” thing earlier this morning this would have been the silliest thing I read all day:

[Manny] Ramirez complained toward the end of last season that playing the
outfield wore down his legs. He seriously considered opting out of his
contract to return to the American League for a designated-hitter role,
but instead exercised a $20 million option to remain a Dodger when it
was clear no other club would come close to that salary.

The notion that Ramirez would have even considered walking away from $20 million for a shot at some of those big, big DH dollars everyone is throwing out these days is pretty laughable.  Less laughable than disturbing is the notion that Manny Ramirez — who, you may recall, took an extended breather during the middle of last season — says he needs even more rest for his weary legs. Because unless he’s back on the hormones, he’s gonna be expected to play more than 104 games out there this year.

Despite all of the offseason turmoil, I still think the Dodgers are the favorites in the NL West, but if Manny Ramirez is truly breaking down as fast as he claims to be, it may very well be a long season in Los Angeles.

  1. BTfromVT - Feb 3, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    Manny Ramirez = Meathead

  2. ThinMan - Feb 3, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    As any Boston fan could have told you, this was so predictable it could have been taken to the bank. All part and parcel of Manny being Manny.

  3. Wooden U. Lykteneau - Feb 3, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    Not fair to Rob Reiner.

  4. YANKEES1996 - Feb 3, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    Manny belongs in L.A. because he is a complete head case. Last offseason he came close to getting nothing and then got suspended for 50 games. If he wants out of L.A. don’t worry he will make it happen, just ask the Boston fans.

  5. GiantHeadache - Feb 3, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    Sometimes the best deals are the deals not made. Thank god Sabean did one thing right and not push for Manny.
    Anybody from the roid era is breaking down. Giants fans saw first hand how a body breaks down after years of juicing. Bonds’ legs, hips, knees, back kept him out of many games. Bones and joints become brittle and injury prone.
    Any GM with some sense of reality will only sign and groom young players under 30. The rest are just tainted and you don’t know if you are buying damaged goods.
    But as a Giants fan, GM Sabean is still signing aged vets hoping they produce like they did in the 90s and 00s…but those days are long gone. And Sabean is an idiot 99.9% of the time.

  6. Joey B - Feb 3, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    “If he wants out of L.A. don’t worry he will make it happen, just ask the Boston fans.”
    If he wants out of LA, all he has to do is to ask. Even the Manny fans from Boston don’t bother to stick up for him anymore. The man leaves early during a playoff game? If that happened in the local over-50 slo-pitch softball league, there would be a barroom brawl over it.
    Anyway, good for LA. $45M for a guy that has no business playing LF? He’s a huge hitter that can face down virtually any pitcher, at least in his prime, but he is a DH now, and should’ve been last year.

  7. El Lay Dave - Feb 3, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Isn’t this a rip on Ken Gurnick’s speculation, not Manny?
    Outside of the suspension, Manny played 104 out of a possible 112 games, which is a 150 game pace. Clearly Manny played more days in a row than anyone planned on before the season, a concession to the suspension. Last year he was a 37-year old OF; exactly 12 players since 1961 have played 145 games or more as a full-time OF (at least 90% of the games in the OF). Besides the fact that most 37-year olds don’t hit enough to be an OF anymore, they are also getting too old for the grind.
    Brian Giles 2008
    Luis Gonzalez 2005
    Moises Alou 2004
    Marquis Grissom 2004
    Craig Biggio 2003
    Steve Finley 2002
    Tony Gwynn 1997
    Rickey Henderson 1996
    Tony Phillips 1996
    Carl Yastrzemski 1977
    Willie Mays 1968
    Bill Bruton 1963

  8. Jonny5 - Feb 3, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    Manny Ramirez, Is it wrong for me to wish his hair or whatever that is on his head gets caught in some sort of farm equipment? Really, Is it wrong for me to feel this way? I guess in LA with that big field he’ll be hitting manny fly outs.

  9. moreflagsmorefun - Feb 3, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    Oh stop bitchin, they love him in Mannywood, that
    is the important thing.

  10. Joey B - Feb 3, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    “Manny Ramirez, Is it wrong for me to wish his hair or whatever that is on his head gets caught in some sort of farm equipment? Really, Is it wrong for me to feel this way?”
    Yes, it is wrong. If that happens, his enabler, the LAD, would be off the hook, and free to invest his $20M in the next Schmidt, Andruw Jones, or Pierre. They must be punished by having to endure their share of the MBM moments.

  11. Barry Olsan - Feb 3, 2010 at 6:23 PM

    Manny belongs in L.A. because he is a complete head case. Thanks for the compliment to all us folks in L.A. Keep thinking that while you Yankee fans freeze your asses off while we drive around during the winter in convertibles. Alas, keep away from L.A. it is already too crowded with easterners that have relocated to the Land of Headcases!

  12. cheaters justice - Feb 3, 2010 at 7:08 PM

    ‘ needs more rest to rest his weary legs ‘
    Sounds like Manny is suffering from a classic muscle head steroid user mistake. Avoid leg work. For amatuer muscle heads their upper body tends to grow out of proportion to their lower body. Most muscles heads just want a good bench,big arms and/or power. Then with extra weight on the piano sticks called legs of course they will get tired. The quick fix muscle heads tend avoid leg and/or cardio conditioning.
    MqGwire complained about his knees as well. Again muscle head mentality-big guns and power. Oh well, so goes the life of an amatuer muscle head.

  13. peteinfla - Feb 3, 2010 at 7:08 PM

    I gotta agree with you completely about the head case part, Manny does belong in LA. However, as a native New Yorker who went to college in LA, I can’t agree with your comparison of the winters and weather. New York sure can get cold, that’s why I moved to Florida when my company offered relocation. But at least they have nice clean air, not brown stuff you can cut with a knife! And no mudlsides, wild fires or earthquakes to speak of either. Did I mention the fine aliigators, snakes and some kind of a monster flying cockroach we have down here in FLA?

  14. IdahoMariner - Feb 3, 2010 at 10:36 PM

    It always seemed wrong that he went to the NL in the first place — playing in the field clearly has always been too much for him. Too much effort, too much concentration…it’s crazy he went to the league that doesn’t allow him a drawn-out retirement plan (the DH)… he should become a pitcher in the NL. He’d only have to go out every five days, he could hit…it’s magic.

  15. UPYS - Feb 4, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Yes, Manny is an embarrassment for LA and may be useless this year; but don’t all you fans feel so stuck up. Many of the teams around the league have their own Manny’s to take contend with. And LA’s Manny will be gone in one year or less. While your freezing or dodging hurricanes or floods or whatever those of us in the sunshine state are outside soaking up the rays.

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