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. (Read more Manny Ramirez stories.)