Big Hurt, Manny Need Stimulus Package
Written by Fred Mitchell   
Saturday, 28 February 2009

While Manny Ramirez and his agent continue to play  a curious game of "The Price is Right" with the Los Angeles Dodgers, another veteran slugger, Frank Thomas, seems to be playing "Jeopardy" as he seeks to continue his Hall of Fame career.

Ramirez has entertained and rejected a series of lucrative offers from Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti and club president Frank McCourt. The latest rejection involved a two-year deal with $25 million the first year and $20 million the second, and a player option the second year.


Agent Scott Boras later said Ramirez would consider accepting the deal if certain deferrals in the contract were excluded.


Stay tuned.


Meanwhile, Thomas seems to have less bargaining power because he figures to be available only to American League clubs as a designated hitter. He remains unsigned. Couldn't any team use a player with a .301 career batting average and 521 home runs?


These economic times must be tough on everybody.