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Dodgers Not Done With Manny Yet

by Ryan Hudson

Spring Training games are already underway, and Manny Ramirez is still without a team (seemingly odd for a lifetime .314 hitter with over 500 home runs who can be compared to Willie Mays, Frank Robinson and Mickey Mantle). All signs are pointing to him staying out in L.A., especially since they made a fourth contract offer to him.

The Los Angeles Dodgers made a fourth bid for Manny Ramirez on Wednesday, this time offering the enigmatic slugger a $25 million, one-year contract with a $20 million player option for 2010.

The player option came at the request of Ramirez's agent, Scott Boras, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations who requested anonymity because talks are ongoing.

The latest proposal is similar in dollars to Los Angeles' first offer to the free-agent left fielder this offseason, a $45 million, two-year deal with a buyout or a club option that was ignored by Boras and later withdrawn by the team.

At this point, he's gotta stay with the Dodgers: they need Manny, and seemingly, no one else is too interested in him. But beware the Yankees...still?