Coletti Colletti say: How 'bout $25 million for 2009?
Boras say: As if!
The L.A. Times reports that Boras called $25 million "a suggestion" and that his player still has other options, none of which he specified. Even if they exist, Boras-Ramirez's other suitors (possibly the Nationals, Giants and Mets) don't seem willing to go beyond $20 million a season.
Boras-Ramirez probably wants a multi-year deal, probably for $25 million over each of the seasons, and are posturing like they're willing to wait until April Fool's Day to get it.
The Dodgers had offered in December, then took back, a $45-million deal for two years plus a team option for a third. The backloaded proposal would have paid Boras-Ramirez $15 million in
Fifteen, then 25. So, this is like a $10 million bump, right?
Boras-Ramirez ain't fallin' for that one, Ned!
Some famous folks are lobbying for Manny to sign somewhere. Larry Bowa, his third-base coach, wants him back in L.A. to make the offense go. Albert Pujols wants the Cardinals to get Manny, and he wants Manny to give St. Louis a discount because it's such "a great organization."
Yeah, Boras-Ramirez ain't fallin' for that one, either, Phat Albert.
$25 million does buy a lot of hair extensions, though.
Man. We've learned in the past 24 hours that baseball commissioner Bud Selig makes about $18 million to run the league (shrugs shoulders) and $7 million on top of that is not enough for Manny to run/jog/saunter around the bases.
Makes a guy want to become a curling fan! Or not.
Who clucks first in this multimillion-dollar game of chicken? Who needs whom more?