A Manny in full
The Boston Red Sox swallowed $10 million to get rid of Manny Ramirez just before the trade deadline in 2008, and two years later, the Dodgers gave Ramirez away after receiving 170 games, 27 homers and a drug-related suspension in return for the $33 million they spent on the outfielder in 2009 and 2010.
He quit on those two teams.
The Dodgers aren't saying much publicly because of professional decorum, but behind that facade there are very strong and angry opinions about how Ramirez conducted himself in his last season with the team -- feelings that echo what his Boston teammates and employers felt two years ago.
But Ramirez, at 38 years old, can still hit and should help the White Sox in the last 33 days of the season, and he will get offers this winter. However, any general manager who offers him a big-money deal should have his sanity questioned, given the amount of money squandered over the past three years because Ramirez decided he didn't want to play anymore.
If a team wants to sign Manny for 2011, this is what makes sense:
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