January 2009 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Manny Gets Offer To Play In Can-Am League
The Worcester Tornadoes offered Manny Ramirez a two-year, $24,000 contract this week. The deal would pay Ramirez $3,000 per month during the season; he earned $110,000 a day last season.
Manny: No One Wants To Sign Me
Albert Pujols is encouraging the St. Louis Cardinals to sign Manny Ramirez. The Cardinals slugger, who won his second NL MVP award in November, acknowledged the team might not have enough money to land the free-agent outfielder. "I speak with Manny every three days and he tells me, 'Man, no one wants to sign me,' Pujols said Thursday during a news conference. "I'm not an agent or general manager, but I can't understand how Manny has not signed." Pujols passed along Ramirez's telephone number to St. Louis manager Tony La Russa. "Maybe St. Louis doesn't have the money to sign him, but he could give them a discount because St. Louis is a great city that supports its players,'' Pujols said.
Torre Told Dodgers Not To Touch A-Rod
Multiple sources have told ESPN's Jayson Stark that when Alex Rodriguez was a free agent last offseason, Joe Torre advised the Dodgers not to touch him.
Dunn Doesn't Want To Sign Until Manny Does
An official of one team that has had contact with Adam Dunn's agents says Dunn is "definitely" waiting to see what happens with Manny Ramirez because the Dodgers are his preferred destination. That's not a good development for the Nationals, who have made no secret of their interest in Dunn.
Texas, Cardinals And Dodgers Showing Most Interest In Benson
The Dodgers, Rangers, and Cardinals, sources say, are showing the most consistent interest in Benson, according to a major-league source. Benson, 34, underwent rotator-cuff surgery in March 2007 and last pitched in the majors in 2006. An executive from a club with interest in Benson said he looks only "so-so," in his throwing sessions. "Better than expected," the exec said, "but not great."
Boras: Manny Should Be Signed By Spring Training
Manny Ramirez should be signed by a team before the start of spring training, according to agent Scott Boras. "I can't put a timetable on this, but I know that spring training is a long time away," Boras said. "At this pace, I anticipate that we would have something done by then. Things are progressing for Manny." Players will begin reporting for spring training on Feb. 14.
Manny Talking To 'Several Teams'
Manny Ramirez filed for free agency three months ago, but his market is finally heating up, agent Scott Boras said. "We are negotiating with several teams," Boras said Monday night. "The process has begun and we'll see where it takes us." Ramirez is believed seeking a four- or five-year deal between $25 million and $30 million annually. With Spring Training beginning in less than three weeks, Boras said his client is not panicking over the slow developments of this winter's free-agent market. "Manny is good. He's a professional and he understands," Boras said.
Manny And Dodgers Still Far Apart
Manny Ramirez has told the Dodgers that he wants a deal for four or five years, and it's believed that he's looking to be paid in the range of $25 million a year. The Dodgers haven't budged from their $45 million, two-year offer. One executive whose team is interested in Ramirez said that he believes the Dodgers and Ramirez are no further along than the "fourth inning" of the negotiations. The Dodgers and Giants are currently seen as the two most active pursuers of Ramirez.
Randy Wolf Talking With Mets, Dodgers
Free-agent pitcher Randy Wolf is weighing his options as he has discussions with the Mets, Dodgers, and other teams. Wolf also told Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com that the tough economic times impacted his negotiations in November with the Astros.
Dodgers Talking With Garland, Looper
The Dodgers are reportedly close to terms with free-agent pitcher Randy Wolf but have had discussions with Jon Garland and Braden Looper, as well. Los Angeles hopes to officially sign one of the three pitchers in the coming days.
Sources: Wolf May Head Back To Dodgers
The Dodgers lead the race to sign free-agent pitcher Randy Wolf, according to multiple sources.
New Dodgers Ausmus And Loretta To Commute Together From San Diego?
New Dodger catcher Brad Ausmus and infielder Mark Loretta, who both live in the San Diego area, might end up commuting together to Dodger Stadium.
Giants Would Only Have To Give Dodgers 2nd Round Pick For Manny
After finishing in the bottom 15 in the overall standings during the 2008 season, the Giants would lose only a second-round pick for signing Manny Ramirez.
Dodgers, Ausmus Agree To One-Year Deal
Veteran catcher Brad Ausmus agreed Wednesday on a one-year deal with the Dodgers, where he will back up catcher Russell Martin.
Jeff Kent To Announce Retirement
Jeff Kent plans to announce his retirement from baseball at a news conference on Thursday scheduled for Dodger Stadium.
Dodgers Continue Talks With Manny
The Dodgers have continued their negotiations with free agent slugger Manny Ramirez, but nothing appears to be on the horizon.
Dodgers Agree To $3.9M Deal With Martin
The Dodgers have avoided salary arbitration with catcher Russell Martin, signing him to a one-year, $3.9 million contract, according to a major-league source.
Will Garciaparra Sign Or Retire?
Nomar Garciaparra said that the Dodgers and Phillies are among the teams seeking his services for next season.
Dodgers Talk Privately With Martin
The Dodgers have reportedly been discussing a long-term contract with catcher Russell Martin, who is looking for security in Los Angeles.
Andruw Jones May Sign With Atlanta
Andruw Jones is set to be released by the Dodgers on Thursday.
Dodgers Interested In Kris Benson
The Dodgers are among the teams showing interest in Kris Benson, according to the pitcher's agent, Gregg Clifton.
Mota Signs One-Year Deal With Dodgers
Guillermo Mota is guaranteed $2.35 million in 2009.
Dodgers Looking At Garland, Wolf And Looper?
Having lost out on Derek Lowe, the Dodgers are reportedly looking at free agent pitchers Jon Garland, Randy Wolf, and Braden Looper.
Isringhausen Considering Four Teams
Free-agent Jason Isringhausen is considering four teams, each of which would give him the chance to close.
Mota Agrees To Rejoin Dodgers' Bullpen
Reliever Guillermo Mota has reportedly agreed to the terms of one-year contract to rejoin the Dodgers in the bullpen.
Estes Agrees To Minor League Deal With Dodgers
Pitcher Shawn Estes has agreed to terms on a minor league contract with the Dodgers that could be worth as much as $1.55 million.
Lowe Being Pursued By Braves, Mets, Phils, Dodgers And Others
Free agent pitcher Derek Lowe met with the Braves on Thursday,and is also being pursued by the Mets, Phillies, Dodgers, Brewers, and possibly others.
Broxton Will Close Games For Dodgers
With Trevor Hoffman now a member of the Brewers, the Dodgers plan to make Jonathan Broxton their closer for the 2009 season.
Dodgers: 'We Want Manny, Manny Knows It'
The Dodgers reaffirmed their interest in free agent slugger Manny Ramirez yet again on Thursday, and GM Ned Colletti has reportedly been in contact with agent Scott Boras.
Dodgers Sign Brazoban, 14 Others To Minor League Deals
Yhency Brazoban appeared in two games last season, rehabilitating from a shoulder injury and slow to regain his conditioning.