Since Manny Ramirez was suspended earlier this week, there have been reports that the Dodgers stood to save approx. $7.7 million in payroll flexibility this year due to Ramirez being unpaid during his 50 game suspension penalty. But, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the total is closer to $6.8 million, and that’s over several years, not just this season. As reported by Rosenthal:
Ramirez's $25 million salary for 2009 is being paid in four installments — $10 million this season, then $5 million without interest in each of the following three years.
He will be docked in each installment. The Dodgers' savings will amount to about $2.73 million this season and about $1.37 million in each of the following three years.
The difference is immense — the Dodgers will have about $5 million less available for '09 than initially reported. They likely will spend the extra $2.73 million on pitching, if they spend it at all, sources say. Any hitter the Dodgers might acquire would become superfluous once Ramirez returned in early July.
Rosenthal attributes the adjustment downward from $7.7 million to $6.8 million due to the fact that players are not paid by the total number of games played (162), but rather ML service time which is calculated in days which comes to a total of 183.
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