GLENDALE, Ariz.-- Manny Ramirez is now asking the Dodgers for a two-year contract including deferred monies with end a value of 43.5 million, according to a statement emailed to the media by Scott Boras. Ramirez's previous request was for two years, $45 million, with no money deferred.
According to the email, the Dodgers, who offered a $45 million contract with a value of $42 million, have yet to respond. It appears the sides are now about $1.5 million apart in their offers.
"We have continued to work with Ned (Colletti), and the Dodgers to do away with artificial barriers to get a deal completed. There is no issue with deferred money being part of any part of the contract. We just want to make sure the value is stated accurately and appropriately … We have yet to hear from them on our last three offers," Boras said.
Dodgers owner Frank McCourt at the opener of the club's new spring training facility here said the sides are "starting from scratch," although McCourt concede they are not that far apart monetarily.
All the recent offers included a player option or an opt-out clause after the first year.