Manny Rejects Dodgers' $45M Offer

Deferred payments deep-six deal
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2009 8:30 AM CST
In this 2008 file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez warms up before facing the Colorado Rockies in a baseball game in Denver.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
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(Newser) – The Dodgers sent out an angry mass email last night, titled “Boras Rejects Dodgers Offer to Manny,” complaining that agent Scott Boras had shot down yet another offer—this time for a two-year, $45 million deal. But Boras says he didn’t reject the offer, he simply made a counter offer—for a two-year, $45 million deal. Confused? The devil is in the fine print, the LA Times reports.

Sources say LA’s offer would have paid Ramirez $10 million this year and next, with the remaining $25 million being deferred over the following three years. Boras asked that no money be deferred. “We feel we are negotiating against ourselves,” said Frank McCourt in the email. “When his agent finds those ‘serious offers’ from other clubs, we’ll be happy to re-start negotiations.”