Via Dylan Hernandez, the biggest bit of non-news of the off-season so far:
- Manny Ramirez will return to the Dodgers next season, according to his agent, Scott Boras.
Boras said that he informed General Manager Ned Colletti today that Ramirez would not exercise the escape clause in the two-year, $45-million contract he signed in the spring.
Ramirez will earn $20 million next season.
"Obviously, he enjoys L.A.," Boras said. "If he went into the marketplace, the real negative was that he could end up playing in a place he wasn't comfortable playing."
Really? When an enormously talented player goes into the marketplace, can't he essentially play wherever he likes? At the right price, I suspect that Manny Ramirez could end up playing in Kansas City or New York or almost anywhere in between (except Boston).
If Ramirez went into the marketplace, the real negative was that he could wind up making a lot less than $20 million season.
And of course Scott Boras knows that better than anyone.