Public Feud Bruising Manny, Dodgers
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2009 11:32 AM CST
Manny Ramirez comes back out to wave goodbye to the fans after the Dodgers lost to the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1 in Game 5 of the NLCS.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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(Newser) – Teams don’t usually publicize their offers to players, but the Dodgers have publicized their offer to Manny Ramirez—in fact, they’ve publicized all four of them. And so LA is embroiled in a bizarre spring training, dominated by an ongoing negotiation/feud with a player who isn’t there. “I don’t recall a more public negotiation with an athlete in recent Los Angeles history,” a USC sports business professor tells the LA Times.

Scott Boras dismissed the team’s first offer snottily, saying he’d await “serious offers.” In an e-mail this week, McCourt publicly mocked that comment. “It’s hard to be sympathetic to either side,” said the director of USC’s Sports Business Institute. Normally, the McCourts would lose the PR war, as fans demanded the return of their star. But with the economy in tatters, $45 million will sound fair to many fans.