Manny sorta kinda predicts this is his last L.A. year

mannyjg120.jpgManny 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.

Photo: Judy Graeme / LA Observed

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