The Final Count Down?... The Dodgers have
lowered the number of years being offered to
Manny RamirezÂ to a 1-year, $25 million deal
after taking a 2-year, $45 million deal off
Hereâ€™s your late night/early morning MLB contract newsâ€¦
Jayson Stark is reporting that the Dodgers have taken their 2-year, $45 million deal off the table in favor of a 1-year, $25 million deal for Manny Ramirez. This after Ramirez had declined the 2-year offer, asking for a third year in the deal.
Stark reports that Dodgers GM Ned Colletti made the offer in person to Ramirezâ€™s agent, Scott Boras. It's believed that Ramirez and Boras were given a 48-hour deadline to accept the offer. As reported by Stark:
Judged only by the average annual value of the contract, the new offer is a step up from the Dodgers' previous offer. On Election Day, the Dodgers offered Ramirez $15 million for the 2009 season, $22.5 million in 2010 and a $7.5 million buyout or $22.5 million club option for 2011. So that contract would have maxed out at $60 million over three years if the Dodgers picked up the option.
In free agent signingsâ€¦
In trade news...
The Cubs made two trades Monday, sending one-time playoff starter Rich Hill to the Baltimore Orioles for a player to be named Monday. They also made a deal with the Oakland A's, sending reliever Michael Wuertz to the Athletics for a pair of minor leaguers.
In salary arbitration newsâ€¦
Outfielder Marlon Byrd and the Rangers have reached a 1-year, $3.06 million deal. Byrd had requested $3.6 million and the Rangers were offering $2.7 million. Byrdâ€™s 2009 salary will be $90,000 below the mid-point between the offer and asking figures. Byrd, who has just over 5 years of Major League service time, made $1.8 million last year. His $3.06 million salary is a raise of 70 percent from the year prior. Byrd was the final salary arbitration eligible player signed by the Rangers this year.
First baseman Casey Kotchman and the Atlanta Braves reached a 1-year, $2.885 million deal. He could earn an additional $100,000 in performance bonuses. Kotchman was asking for $3.25 million in arbitration, while being offered $2,475,000 by the Braves, or a difference of $775,000. His 2009 salary is $22,500 above the mid-point. Of the 46 players that exchanged figures in salary arbitration, the only other player to sign above the mid-point has been Justin Duchscherer of the Oakland Aâ€™s. Kotchman made $1.45 million last season. His 2009 salary of $2.885 million is a 99 percent increase from 2008.
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