October 2008 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Andruw Jones Wants To Be A Brave?
Former Brave Andruw Jones, who is currently under contract with the Dodgers, would like to call Atlanta home once again. "I?ve got one more year in my contract," said Jones. "Hopefully, I can come back to Atlanta. I would love to finish my career here." Jones had a horrendous first year with the Dodgers. He hit .158 with three homers and 76 strikeouts in 209 at-bats before going on the disabled list in early September. "I?ve been rehabbing, working out again," he said. "I feel good."
Colletti Says Dodgers Hope To Talk With Manny's Agent Soon
Dodgers' GM Ned Colletti said on Wednesday that he hopes to speak with Scott Boras, the agent for Manny Ramirez, in the coming days. Colletti said that re-signing Ramirez would be one of the Dodgers' top three priorities this winter, along with bolstering the infield and rotation. "The organization has to do what's best for the organization," Colletti said.
Dodgers Says Reports About Manny Are Off-Base
Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti says that all reports regarding the type of contract the team will offer Manny Ramirez are off-base. "By the time we get through the weekend, there will be 15 more reports out there that I'll be laughing at," Colletti said. SI.com reported Wednesday that the Dodgers wanted to offer Ramirez a deal that would come close to matching Alex Rodriguez's annual average salary of $27.5 million but over a shorter period. The New York Post reported Friday that the Dodgers offered Ramirez a two-year, $60-million contract. Colletti said the reports were false, claiming that the Dodgers haven't had any internal conversations about the value or length of a deal they should offer Ramirez. "We intend to meet with Scott some time in the near future and try to see what's on his mind," Colletti said.
Larry Bowa Will Stay With Dodgers
The Yankees had hoped to bring Larry Bowa back to New York, but he has decided to stay with the Dodgers as their third-base coach. New York announced earlier this month that Bobby Meacham would not return as their third-base coach.
Cardinals To Target Furcal?
The Cardinals are looking to improve their infielder while adding an impact bat and could target Dodgers' shortstop Rafael Furcal. Furcal hit .357 with five home runs and 16 RBI in just 36 regular season games because of injury in 2008.
Dodgers Could Give Manny A-Rod Type Money With A Catch
The Dodgers are considering giving Manny Ramirez an annual salary that exceeds Alex Rodriguez's but are strongly disinclined from acceding to his wish for a deal of five or six years, people familiar with the club's thinking tell SI.com. Scott Boras compared Ramirez to Barry Bonds, who signed a five-year deal in the winter of 2001-02 with the Giants when Bonds was 37. Ramirez is now 36. The Phillies, Yankees, Blue Jays, Mets, Orioles, and Rangers are all seen as potential suitors for Ramirez.
Dodgers Decline $5.5M Option On Berroa
The Dodgers have declined a $5.5M club option on shortstop Angel Berroa, instead opting for a $500,000 buyout, according to an Associated Press report on Monday. Berroa, who becomes eligible for salary arbitration, earned $4.75M this past season.
Manny Says It's Good Boston Lost
Manny Ramirez did not watch Game 7 of the ALCS, but he was pleased with the result, a Red Sox loss. Ramirez was asked for his reaction to the Tampa Bay victory and he replied "Good, good."
Lowe Puts Boston On Top Of His List
Derek Lowe is putting Boston first on his list of preferred destinations now that he's a free agent. Lowe told the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo that while money is important, he wants to go to a quality organization committed to winning, and no organization, in his mind, fits that description better than Boston. The Yankees, Mets, Tigers, Indians, Cardinals, Cubs, Angels, Braves, Phillies, Rangers, Astros, and Blue Jays are all said to be very interested in Lowe.
Boras: Economy Won't Hurt Manny's Asking Price
Agent Scott Boras doesn't believe that the recent economic problems in America will hurt Manny Ramirez's asking price this winter. "Baseball has had record revenues in 2008," Boras said. "Fans have already paid those record revenues to owners. They expect them to invest in their teams."
Manny Provided Dodgers With $15M In Revenue?
It is believed that Manny Ramirez provided the Dodgers with $10 to $15 million in gross revenue stemming from gate attendance and merchandise sales.
Could The Big Unit Pitch In California?
Randy Johnson has yet to come out and say that he wants to pitch in 2009, but one of his agents believes that he will do so.
Agent: Dodgers' Pierre Wants Trade
Juan Pierre boxed up his belongings at Dodger Stadium on Thursday and appears to be hoping that he has played his last game for the team.
Appraising Manny's Value
By comparing the contracts and relative production of other top earners, Manny Ramirez certainly deserves more than $20M per year. How will he age though?
Furcal: Helton Can Come Back From Back Surgery
Todd Helton had the same back procedure done two weeks ago as Rafael Furcal had in July.
Dodgers: Colletti Will Be GM In 2009
Ned Colletti will return as the Dodgers' general manager next season, club owner Frank McCourt said Wednesday.
Manny: Gas Is Up And So Am I
Manny Ramirez wants to see who 'the highest bidder' will be for his services.
Phillies Win NL Pennant
Cole Hamels led the Phillies to a 5-1 win over the Dodgers on Wednesday night to win the NL championship series for its first pennant since 1993.
Jays, Yanks And Mets Believed To Have Interest In Manny
The market for Manny Ramirez is still unclear, but there are a few teams that are popping their heads up.
Dodgers Want Furcal Back
The Dodgers appear likely to try to bring back Rafael Furcal, who looks healthy this postseason after missing over four months following back surgery.
Boras Using Bonds As Example Of Why Manny Deserves Six-Year Deal
Scott Boras is strongly hinting that he wants a six-year contract for Manny Ramirez at essentially max dollars.
Mets Could Make Move For Lowe
The Mets could go after Derek Lowe this winter as they look to fortify their pitching rotation heading into the 2009 season.
Victorino Enjoys Villain Role
Shane Victorino has become a villain in the eyes of Dodgers' fans.
Torre, Manuel Discuss Brushbacks
Dodgers' Manager Joe Torre and Phillies' skipper Charlie Manuel discussed the brushbacks that occurred in Game 3 of the NLCS on Sunday that nearly led to a brawl.
Victorino, Stairs Deliver For Phillies
Shane Victorino and Matt Stairs homered in the eighth inning Monday night that lifted the Phillies to a 7-5 win over the Dodgers for a 3-1 lead in the NLCS.
Kuroda: I Didn't Understand What Victorino Was Saying
Speaking through an interpreter, Hiroki Kuroda made a telling remark about Sunday's fracas after he sailed a pitch over the head of Shane Victorino.
Dodgers Fight Back, Defeat Phillies 7-2
The Dodgers fought back on Sunday night, on the field and the scoreboard, en route to a 7-2 win over the Phillies in Game 3 of the NLCS.
Bay, Manny Even After Two LCS Games
Manny Ramirez and Jason Bay are nearly even after playing two games each in the NLCS and ALCS, respectively.
Myers Leads Phils To 2-0 Lead Over Dodgers With Bat
Phillies pitcher Brett Myers led his team to a 8-5 win over the Dodgers with his bat on Friday night to give Philadelphia a quick 2-0 lead in the NLCS.
30 Years Later, LA Still Giving Up Playoff RBIs To Phillies' Pitchers
Before Brett Myers on Friday there had been only two other pitchers in NLCS history to drive in at least three runs in a game: Steve Carlton and Tom Glavine.