How close depends on whom you talk to, and I am not even close to being at liberty to tell you whom I have been talking to, but basically, here's the deal:
Manny IS on his way to Los Angeles tonight, just as Enrique Rojas reported on ESPN. Manny IS willing to accept some form of what the Dodgers offered him last Wednesday, a two-year, $45 million deal with $25 million the first year, $20 million the second year and an opt-out. That offer IS back on the table, even though it has been taken off the table last week. But there is no actual agreement in place YET, because Dodgers officials want to meet with Manny face to face, presumably tomorrow morning, before making this thing happen. Given this player's history and the fact he didn't get anything close to what he thought he was going to get on the open market this winter, I believe they simply want to gauge how he is dealing with that fact emotionally. Once that happens, if everybody likes what they hear, this deal will get done.
So the bottom line (literally) is this: the Dodgers, barring something unforeseen, are about to sign Manny Ramirez. And the shaky pitching staff notwithstanding, that is SHOULD make this a very good ballclub in 2009.
Inside the Dodgers
Mother f'er. ESPN! I told some random Dodger fan at the grocery store that it was a done deal, and now it might be BS. What a bunch of horse ****.
How ****ing gay !!!!
hopefully all this horse **** will be done with by the end of the week
Dang, i'm feeling good about this season again. I could live with the team currently in place but having Manny on the team puts the icing on the cake. Should be fun seeing what the Furcal, Hudson and Manram can do at the top of the lineup. Hopefully we can get a FINAL announcement tomorrow to finally end this speculation.
I find it hard to see us winning the West without Manny.
Get it done already.
Poor Pierre, a stand up guy. I hope they can trade him so he gets to play everyday.