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Free Agency, Trades, and Signings
Written by Evan Nuckles   
Wednesday, 04 March 2009 00:11

Transaction reportThough no deal has been finalized, the end of a prolonged and somewhat contentious negotiation appears to be near. Sources say free-agent outfielder Manny Ramirez is en route to Los Angeles, and an agreement with the Dodgers may be close.

Ken Gurnick and Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com report that a great deal of progress has been made, and that a deal became imminent when Scott Boras met on Tuesday with Dodgers owner Frank McCourt at Dodger Stadium and attempted to bridge the gap both financially and philosophically, one source said.The two sides were in agreement on a two-year, $45 million contract, but were in dispute over the deferral of salary that would discount the present-day value of the total compensation by $1.5 million (the interest in deferring payment over five years).

Ramirez spoke with the Los Angeles Times earlier in the day, and expressed his desire to remain a Dodger. "I'm happy in L.A. I like my teammates and had a great time.The fans were so good to me; they treated me the best anywhere in my career. And now I think we're getting close (to a deal) ... Tell everyone, Mannywood is coming."

The 36-year-old sixteen-year veteran was a driving force behind L.A.'s 2008 post-season run, and is one of only a handful of MLB players in history to tally at least 30 home runs in 12+ seasons.

 

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