Manny Ramirez arrived at spring training today and, since his contract expires at the end of the season, told reporters he won't be a Dodger next year. Well, maybe he did. Since he's way overpaid for his value on the field and seems headed for a designated hitter role if he keeps playing, he could be right. But the language with Manny is always interesting. Via ESPN and the LAT's Dylan Hernandez:
“I know I’m not going to be here next year,” Ramirez said.
So you don’t think you will re-sign with Dodgers?
“I doubt it, I don’t know,” he said. “I’m happy to be here. I’m going to try to enjoy myself.”
Asked what made him think he wouldn’t be in Los Angeles in 2011, Ramirez replied, “I don’t know. I just know that I’m not going to be here.”
Did he see himself moving to the American League?
“I don’t know,” Ramirez said. “We’ll see. Let’s take it a day at a time.”
Given Frank McCourt's apparent plan to reduce spending on players while raising ticket prices, it is hard to see the Dodgers bringing back Ramirez.
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