Manny Finally Signs… for the Original Offer

On November 14, 2008, just as baseball’s hot stove was about to heat up, the Dodgers offered Manny Ramirez a two-year deal with $45 million with an option for a third year.  Manny’s agent, Scott Boras, responded by saying “on behalf of Manny Ramirez, we will, for the first time, begin accepting serious financial offers on Friday.”

While Boras and Ramirez had visions of a four-year $100 million contract, the market for outfielders (specifically 36 year old outfielders) wasn’t really fertile enough where teams ran to Manny’s door.  While teams like the Angels and Yankees flirted with the idea of Ramirez wearing their uniform, offers from other clubs never materialized, despite Boras’ assurances that there were a number of clubs interested in Ramirez.  For the Yanks, once they signed Mark Teixeira, there was no chance Manny was coming to the Bronx.

So for the second year in a row, it looks like Boras overplayed his hand and tried to have one team outbid itself.  The same thing happened with A-Rod, as he opted out of his contract during the 2007 World Series.  This year, as Manny re-signs with LA for their original “not serious” financial offer, how effective is Boras in getting his top clients more money?  Has he lost his edge and how does this effect his reputation?


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