February 2009 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap

Did Boras Ask Dodgers For Deferred Money?

Feb 28, 2009 7:09 PM

A source with knowledge of the situation claims that it was agent Scott Boras, not the Dodgers, who requested as far back as last fall that some of Manny Ramirez's money be deferred so the total value of a proposed contract could be greater. This week, Boras and Ramirez complained about not wanting a majority of his money deferred in a contract offer.

Los Angeles Daily News

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Source: Boras Asked Dodgers To Give Manny $55M

Feb 28, 2009 7:01 PM

A source with knowledge of the situation has revealed that Manny Ramirez's agent, Scott Boras, asked the Dodgers to increase their offer to $55 million. After asking for the increase, the negotiations reportedly broke down.

Los Angeles Daily News

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Dodgers, Manny Still Far Apart

Feb 28, 2009 10:55 AM

The Dodgers had reportedly set as deadline of Friday afternoon for their negotiations with free agent Manny Ramirez, but the sides are still far apart. Multiple sources within the organization are beginning to wonder whether owner Frank McCourt's feeling towards agent Scott Boras will begin to sour negotiations. Boras and McCourt are reportedly close on the amount of a proposed contract, but are disagreeing on the amount of deferred money in the deal.

Los Angeles Times

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Pedro Hoping WBC Appearance Brings Offers

Feb 27, 2009 5:37 PM

Pedro Martinez is hoping that his play for the Dominican Republic at the World Baseball Classic will lead to a few formal contract offers. The Dodgers, Pirates and Indians have reportedly showed interest, but no offers have been made.

Rocky Mountain News

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Dodgers Set Friday Deadline For Manny Talks

Feb 27, 2009 9:42 AM

Manny Ramirez rejected a two-year, $45 million offer on Thursday, but the Dodgers are holding out hope that he'll agree to a deal by a set deadline of Friday afternoon. The Dodgers have set a deadline of Friday noon pacific time. Both the Dodgers and agent Scott Boras have been quoted as saying that negotiations will resume on Friday morning.

MLB.com

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Source: Manny Didn't Want Deferred Payments

Feb 27, 2009 9:21 AM

According to a source, the two-year, $45 million offer that Manny Ramirez rejected from the Dodgers included a sizable amount of deferred payments. The offer would have paid Ramirez $10 million this season and $10 million in 2010, with the remaining $25 million paid out over the next three years.

Los Angeles Times

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Manny Rejects Offer, Dodgers Not Pleased

Feb 27, 2009 1:12 AM

Manny Ramirez rejected the Dodgers' latest offer on Thursday via a letter from Scott Boras. "We love Manny Ramirez and we want Manny back, but we feel we are negotiating against ourselves," said Dodgers owner Frank McCourt. "When his agent finds those 'serious offers' from other clubs, we'll be happy to re-start the negotiations. "Even with an economy that has substantially eroded since last November, out of respect for Manny and his talents, we actually improved our offer. "So now, we start from scratch."

MLB.com

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Dodgers Sign Mientkiewicz

Feb 26, 2009 8:01 PM

Doug Mientkiewicz was signed to a minor-league deal by the Dodgers. Mientkiewicz was expected to report to camp Thursday to take a physical.

Los Angeles Times

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Dodgers, Indians And Pirates In On Pedro

Feb 26, 2009 1:42 PM

Pedro Marintez threw a simulated game on Tuesday in the Dominican Republic and is on track to start for the country's World Baseball Classic squad in the team's first exhibition game on March 3, according to the Dominican newspaper Hoy. According to the report, Martinez's velocity ranged from 88-92 mph in the 43-pitch outing at Baseball City, a sports complex near Boca Chica. "Pedro was working really well, he threw the ball like normal and he showed good physical condition," Dominican team staff member Rafael Mateo told the paper. The Dodgers, Indians and Pirates have expressed interest in Ramirez.

MLB.com

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Dodgers Present New Offer To Manny

Feb 25, 2009 9:00 PM

Dodgers' general manager Ned Colletti and owner Frank McCourt had a lengthy meeting on Wednesday with Manny Ramirez's agent, Scott Boras, and a Boras associate, according to a source familiar with the negotiations, and extended a new offer to the free agent. According to the source, the offer is for two years and $45 million, but it is structured differently than the Dodgers' previous offer at those numbers. This deal would pay Ramirez $25 million in the first year, with a player-only option for $20 million for the second season. The previous offer had been structured this way: $15 million for 2009, $22.5 million for 2010, a team option for 2011 for $22.5 million or a $7.5 million buyout. RealGM Note: Manny was ranked 16th in season FIC during the 2008 season and 'deserved' to make $16 million, giving him a Reina Value of -15%.

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Torre Is Pushing Dodgers To Sign Manny
Dodgers manager Joe Torre has reportedly been telling the team's front office that they can't win without Manny Ramirez in the lineup.

Los Angeles Times

Broxton Ready To Close Games For Dodgers
Reliever Jonathan Broxton believes that he is ready to close games for the Dodgers this season.

Los Angeles Times

Dodgers Shoot Down Manny Rumors Again
Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti had to shoot down rumors that the club had signed Manny Ramirez for the second straight day on Tuesday.

MLB.com

Jason Schmidt Throws Scoreless Inning
Jason Schmidt threw a scoreless inning during a Dodgers' intrasquad game on Monday, no small feat after dealing with two years worth of injuries.

MLB.com

Dodgers Deny Latest Manny Rumors
Despite rumors to the contrary, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti says that there has been no agreement between the team and free agent slugger Manny Ramirez.

MLB.com

Dodgers, Manny Talking 'More Frequently'
The Dodgers have been having "more frequent and longer" conversations with agent Scott Boras about Manny Ramirez.

MLB.com

Hudson Signs With Dodgers
Orlando Hudson has agreed to terms with the Dodgers on a one-year contract.

Los Angeles Times

Torre Expects Manny To Sign With Dodgers
Manny Ramirez hasn't re-signed yet with the Dodgers, but Joe Torre expects him to be a member of his club.

USA Today

Torre: I'm Done After 2010 Season
Dodgers manager Joe Torre has reiterated that he will retire after the 2010 season, when his three-year contract with the team runs out.

Los Angeles Times

Dodgers Considering 2B Orlando Hudson
The Dodgers are active in talks with free agent second baseman Orlando Hudson.

Los Angeles Daily News

Bowa: Brad Penny Is 'Lazy'
Brad Penny recently made comments about clashing with some of the coaching staff during his time with the Dodgers, and third base coach Larry Bowa has fired back.

Los Angeles Times

Dodgers, Ethier Avoid Arbitration With New Deal
Andre Ethier agreed to a $3.1 million, one-year deal with the Dodgers on Tuesday, which allowed the parties to avoid an arbitration hearing.

ESPN

Dodgers Keeping Tabs On Manny
Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti and manager Joe Torre are keeping tabs on free agent outfielder Manny Ramirez, and sound as though they believe he'll ultimately re-sign.

MLB.com

Torre: A-Rod's Numbers Are 'Tainted'
Joe Torre discussed the recent steroid admission by Alex Rodriguez on Friday afternoon, and said that he believes the third baseman's numbers are "tainted."

ESPN

Weaver Attempting Comeback With Dodgers
Jeff Weaver has agreed to a minor league deal with the Dodgers after taking the 2008 season off.

ESPN

Executive: Manny Isn't Going To Make More Than $25M
An American League executive doesn't believe that free-agent outfielder Manny Ramirez is going to get a contract worth more than $25 million annually.

Boston Globe

Report: Manny Is Preparing For Season
Manny Ramirez is still looking for a team, but is reportedly preparing for the 2009 season anyway.

ESPN

Wolf Agrees To One-Year, $5M Deal With Dodgers
Veteran pitcher Randy Wolf agreed to a one-year, $5M deal with the Dodgers on Friday.

AP

Dodgers Prefer Abreu Over Dunn As Backup Plan
The Dodgers have weighed as backup plans such as Bobby Abreu and Adam Dunn if they are unable to re-sign Manny Ramirez.

SI.com

Dodgers' Offer To Manny Included Deferred Money
The Dodgers' one-year, $25 million offer to free-agent Manny Ramirez included an unspecified amount of deferred money.

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