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Will Manny Ramirez retire after 2010?

Feb 5, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for manny ramirez option.jpgAfter noting the dearth of contract offers after 2008, and the utter lack of leverage he had with respect to his opt-out clause after last season, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times wonders whether 2010 will be Manny’s swan song:

This might well be the last season of Ramirez’s career. If he wants to
play for relative peanuts next year, maybe he finds a job. But given
the absence of a market for Ramirez over the last two winters as well
as the suspension and the decline in his production last season, who’s
to say he even gets a contract offer?

The dynamic Shaikin describes regarding Manny’s last two offseasons has not been about finding him employment, it’s been about optimizing his position among the richest of the rich contracts out there.  Of course he didn’t get multiple offers these past two winters: his fallback was in the $20 million range, and there are only a couple of clubs who ever venture in that territory, none of which needed a guy like Ramirez these past two years.

But the winter of 2010-11 is going to be an entirely different animal for Ramirez, and while I’ve taken my whacks at Scott Boras recently, he’s no dummy. Unless Manny puts up an MVP-caliber season, he’ll probably be looking for a DH or left field job paying him less than eight figures. And unless he utterly falls off a cliff this season, he should get no small amount of interest in that price range.

  1. Omar Minaya - Feb 5, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    I will sign him! Manny you can be our DH. Oh wait a minute. We do not have a DH. OK. You can be our left fielder. Oh. Wait a minute….

  2. Fred Wilpon - Feb 5, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    Omar, that’s it. No more Wii and no more dessert. Clean up your lego bricks and go to your room.
    Now where are those @$$#@#!! Knight Rider reruns again? That Hasselhoff dude has it going.

  3. Joey B - Feb 5, 2010 at 5:16 PM

    The LAD were completely nuts for giving him $45M/2, and I’ve lost a lot of respect for him for leaving a playoff game early, but He’d make a fine DH for a reasonable salary next year, if you can handle the MBM moments.

  4. peteinfla - Feb 5, 2010 at 6:43 PM

    I gotta believe that if he has even a decent season, some club will fell desperate enough to offer him a contract. The question is, will he and his genius agent be willing to take a fair market offer, whatever that is next year, or will Boras do what he did to most of his clients, and play hardball based on previous performance, not current performance, and thus price him out of baseball. I can only hope the latter!

  5. Nasty Boy - Feb 5, 2010 at 10:01 PM

    The question is : “Will he retire after the 2010 season” the answer : who in their right mind cares.

  6. CharlieH - Feb 7, 2010 at 5:48 PM

    Relative peanuts for Manny could still be millions of dollars a year. Jim Thome is still playing even though he will never wear a glove again in actual game play and will never outrun anything. I bet almost all of us would play for these relative peanuts.

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  8. JudyJ - Feb 8, 2010 at 5:51 PM

    Who care if Manny retires? Who care what Manny does – roid guy. He will just fade away into the night – and we still will not care

  9. BB3 - Feb 16, 2010 at 10:01 AM

    Manny has trained like a beast this off season and is at his best in terms of physical performance. I expect great things from him this season.

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