Tag:Manny Ramirez
Posted on: May 20, 2009 2:58 pm
Edited on: May 20, 2009 3:39 pm

Odds & Ends: Bray, Fox, Manny, Crow

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Posted on: May 9, 2009 2:06 pm

Manny Suspension Only Frees Up $2.7MM For L.A.

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports the Manny Ramirez suspension frees up just $2.7MM in payroll this year for the Dodgers- or about $5MM less than originally expected. Because Manny's contract is deferred over the course of many years, he'll lose the money gradually, instead of all at once. Though Manny was originally expected to lose close to $8MM in total, he'll only lose $6.8MM. The Dodgers save $2.7MM this year and $1.37MM in each of the next three seasons.

Rosenthal adds that the Dodgers are expected to spend on pitching if they decide to make any additions.
Posted on: May 9, 2009 11:15 am
Edited on: May 9, 2009 11:58 am

Odds And Ends: Manny, Rangers, Pie

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Posted on: May 8, 2009 6:16 pm

Odds And Ends: Bay, Boras, Danks

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Posted on: May 8, 2009 10:41 am
Edited on: May 8, 2009 11:44 am

Odds And Ends: Hinch, Manny, Longoria

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Posted on: May 7, 2009 4:07 pm
Edited on: May 7, 2009 4:49 pm

What Manny's Suspension Means For The Dodgers

We know that Manny Ramirez has been suspended for 50 games after failing a drug test, but what does it mean for the DodgersESPN.com's Buster Olney breaks down the consequences for baseball's winningest team so far.

  • Ramirez loses between $7-8MM in salary this year.
  • He'll miss 50 games and return in early July. 
  • Olney says "no team with any sanity is going to match the money that Ramirez stands to make in the second year of his deal" (he makes $20MM next season). 
  • So Manny will not opt out of the contract.  
  • The Dodgers, like the Yankees with Alex Rodriguez, have been "duped," but there's nothing they can do about it.
 Some other consequences for the team:
  • Juan Pierre will presumably play every day in left field and bat eighth.
  • Could the $7-8MM be used to acquire a free agent like Pedro Martinez or Ben Sheets?
  • Could it give the team the flexibility to make a deal for a premier player?   
Posted on: May 7, 2009 11:56 am
Edited on: May 7, 2009 4:07 pm

Manny Ramirez Suspended 50 Games

2:48pm: ESPN.com's Peter Gammons says he believes the positive test was triggered because of a "personal medical issue," not HGH or steroids. Gammons spoke with a Red Sox official who doesn't believe "for a second" that Manny cheated.

1:30pm: ESPN's T.J. Quinn and Mark Fainaru-Wada say the drug was HCG - "a women's fertility drug typically used by steroid users to restart their body's natural testosterone production as they come off a steroid cycle. It is similar to Clomid, the drug Bonds, Giambi and others used as clients of BALCO."

12:39am: Tim Brown and Steve Henson of Yahoo say Manny tested positive for...drumroll...a sexual enhancer (not Viagra).  Ramirez tested positive in Spring Training, and then again recently.  Manny did not test positive for a steroid or human growth hormone.

11:41am: In a statement, Manny apologized and explained what happened:

Recently I saw a physician for a personal health issue. He gave me a medication, not a steroid, which he thought was okay to give me.  Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy. Under the policy that mistake is now my responsibility. I have been advised not to say anything more for now. I do want to say one other thing; I've taken and passed about 15 drug tests over the past five seasons.

10:50am: According to Bill Shaikin and Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times, Dodgers star Manny Ramirez "tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and will be suspended for 50 games starting today."  The journalists have word on Manny's defense:

Ramirez is expected to attribute the test results to medication received from a doctor for a personal medical issue, according to a source familiar with the matter but not authorized to speak publicly.

Manny was hitting .348/.492/.641 in 120 plate appearances and figures to be replaced by Juan Pierre.  Ramirez will be back in July, and the Dodgers are already up 6.5 games in the division.  So they'll probably be fine.  But this certainly throws a wrench into Manny's contract situation.  He has to decide in November whether to opt out of his $20MM 2010 salary.  Also, Manny will lose nearly $8MM in salary.

Posted on: May 5, 2009 3:56 pm

Odds & Ends: O's, A's, Milledge, Manny

Your links for Tuesday...

  • MASN's Buck Martinez believes the Orioles are headed in the right direction as an organization.  "Sit back, relax and watch the organization grow," he writes.
  • Vlae Kershner of the San Francisco Chronicle summarizes the current standing of the Athletics' bid for a new ballpark.  Would a fancy facility in San Jose, the nation's 10th largest city, help boost the team's payroll?
  • Lastings Milledge, who was demoted to Triple-A Syracuse on April 14, told the Washington Post's Chico Harlan that he hasn't kept in touch with the Nationals' front office, and hasn't been paying attention to the club's day-to-day progress.  Sounds like a bad situation that might only get worse.
  • According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, super agent Scott Boras told Playboy magazine in a recent interview that his client, Manny Ramirez, simply didn't like living in the city of Boston.  That, Boras claims, is the reason Manny wanted out.  "It wasn't like Cleveland," said Boras.  And it's not like L.A., apparently.
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