The Dodgers made a one-year, $25 million offer to Manny Ramirez that had about a 25-million-to-one chance of being accepted.
Predictably, it wasn't.
Ramirez turned down the offer that was announced by the Dodgers, and the sides are right where they were, which is far from a deal.
The Dodgers say they are still talking to Ramirez and hopeful to get something done with him. But it won't be anything quick, apparently. Ramirez is a very patient man, and he is thought to be willing to go into spring training to get the deal he wants, if need be.
The Dodgers have now made three offers but it appears none of them is in the ballpark of what Manny is seeking (the previous two offers were for arbitration and for $45 million over two years). Ramirez is believed to be seeking a four- or five-year deal for at least $25 million per, which means the sides are now at least $75 million apart.
The Dodgers have announced both offers they made, which could mean they are serious and trying to do their best. Or it could mean they are trying to create the impression they doing their best. The Dodgers would appear to badly need Ramirez, but the club-owning McCourts appear intent on getting a bargain after Ramirez saved their 2008 season while still being paid by the Red Sox.
The Giants are the other team that has said publicly they are interested in Ramirez. The Nationals still have money to spend but it's hard to guess beyond that. The Angels and Mets have indicated they aren't going to make a play for Ramirez.