Counting down…

Several people are already there and I head out on Thursday. Physicals for pitchers and catchers are on Friday and the first workout is Saturday.

I know I’ve been talking a lot about Camelback Ranch so I’ll let someone else do the talking. This is from today’s Arizona Republic.

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Manny…where are you?

Josh – who’s counting? It’s only 2 days and 13 hours away – LOL!!!!


trublu, a lot of venom on Smith’s blog. Wow. I’m afraid the joker polluting the deck in the Manny saga is “the agent.” Compromise seems to be a 10-letter word for “the agent.”

kahli ~ I had a feeling from the beginning, Boras was the culprit. Smith is a die hard Yankee fan and he wanted them to sign Manny in the worst way, even after they had spent all the money on CC and Tex.

POLL TIME: Which NRI(s) will make the staff?

(A) Huggy Bear
(B) Dennis Weaver
(C) Milton The Toaster
(D) Yawn Estes
(E) Someone Ned hasn’t thought of yet

bpb ~ (F) none of the above

bpb – I knew you would find delight in that signing – LMAO!!!!!! I might have to go with E for now. I don’t think it will make a bit of difference if we don’t get left field taken care of and Andre signed and ready to go next week.

bpb ~ sorry, I guess that would be (E)

I don’t know Tru – 12 spots and only 9 that are locks. 2 should be’s unless they want Troncoso to start at Albuquerque to build up arm strength, and Elbert to get more innings in. Stults maybe makes it if they don’t keep Elbert. At lease one NRI will get a spot.

I’ll take A and D. Now if we play Jeopardy, the “answer” must be in the form of a question???!?!?! So here’s the answer: The Dodgers’ unsung, came-out-of-nowhere hero for the 2009 season. Players, please make sure you respond in the form of a question…

Nells – think how much fun we could have playing Milton The Toaster says…

bpb ~ That will be as good as Obi’s thought bubbles – LMAO!!!!!!

Kahli – Who is Huggy Bear?

I think Yawn will make it. But then, I thought Andre would have had his deal by now!

Right now I’d have to go with A for sure and B/D… can’t decide between those two.

We should all put a few bucks in the pot and see who wins!

“The Dodgers’ unsung, came-out-of-nowhere hero for the 2009 season. OK contestants, please make sure your response in the form of a question, no matter how lame and ungrammatical it may be. Player #1, your ‘answer’ please. ‘Where is the Dodger Dogs?’ No sorry…and you wagered it all. Too bad. Player #2. ‘What is Juan Pierre?’ No, sorry, great guess though, and a relevant ‘question.’ But you’re a loser, as well. And now the defending champion. Player #3, your answer, please. ‘Why is the guy who blackmailed Boras with lewd photos?’ CORRECT! And you get to come back next week…”

LMAO, Kahli!!!


Besides Martinez, what oft injured washed-up PVL hasn’t Ned signed yet? – could be the sleeper “E” pick.


Who is Glavine?

Tom’s not plased with offer the Braves made.

I thought the Nationals wanted Glavine. Maybe not what we need, but he would be like Maddux….an excellent mentor to the young core of pitchers. Boy, if that happened, Jill would flip – LOL!!!!

Jill would flip out!

Who is Livan Hernandez – ex gnat who can’t pitch a lick….just our type.

Considering in her baseball room (which is beautiful BTW), she has one wall that is all A’s, one wall all Braves and one wall for just players….Glavine being the most prominent. Glavine being a Dodger would just freak her out – LOL!!! She never thought Maddux would come back and look what happened πŸ™‚

I say give Manny a 5 year contract with each year worth $20+MM, but only make the first two years guaranteed. Make the 3rd year guaranteed if in the 1st year he achieves some benchmark(s) (e.g. fewer than 3 “Manny being Manny” moments during the season). The 4th year becomes guaranteed during the 2nd year; the 5th season guaranteed during the 3rd season . If Manny doesn’t reach the benchmark his 1st season, he will be motivated to play better his 2nd so that he can sign a contract the next year. The last years of the contract, Manny should be motivated to reach career milestones (ie 700 HRs). Does that work Mr. Colletti and Mr. and Mrs. McCourt?

brunelli ~ Do you think that would work for Boras?

At some point brunelli if Frank REALLY wants Manny and vise-versa, they’ll need to reach some sort of a compromise like you propose, though maybe only 4 years.

And welcome to ITD!!

Here’s a creative contract. Dodgers give Manny 4 years, $100 million– but include a list of “Manny being Manny” benchmarks. For each of these transgressions, Boras kicks back $100,000 to the Dodgers. Transgressions could be as simple as failure to run out a ground ball…failure to catch a can-of-corn pop fly…all the way to faking injuries, not suiting up, and orchestrating his exit from L.A., ala the Boston blueprint. What say, Scott? You believe in your client, don’t you? Safe bet, right? Just read the cute little brochure you prepared for all the GMs out there.

Sorry, make that $500,000 per transgression, please…

kahli ~ Sounds like a great plan to me. I’m sure BorASS would jump right in and accept the offer, don’t you?

Thanks for the welcome.

I do think that this type of contract would appeal to both sides. (Mr.) Manny gets his years and money (Pay the Man(ny)!!). Mr. Colletti and Mr. and Mrs. McCourt get an opt out clause in case of bad performance or behavior (which is essentially what they want in only offering a two year deal).

This would be my offer from the Dodgers perspective (possibly starting with only 4 years instead of 5, as mentioned above).

I want to welcome you, too, brunelli. I think something is brewing and we shall see in a day or two.

Kahli and Brunelli – some good thinking for sure. Welcome to ITD brunelli!!!!!

Let me clarify one crucial point of my contract proposal. Manny is GUARANTEED the $100 million. The “trangression fees” comes straight from Boras’ own wallet back to the Dodgers..

Boras would deserve it to come from his wallet! He’s the one who made a mess of everything!

If they do sign Manny, as much as Ethier flourished hitting in front of him, I’d drop Manny back to clean-up and have Kemp hit in the 3 hole in front of him. Think you could easily see 25-30 HR from Matt in that scenario. That way too you could have Loney hit 5 and Blake hit 6 or 7 where he belongs.

Sounds like a good lineup, bpbGM, you just have to get dodgereric/manager to agree. You know how stubborn managers can be!

Strong line-up vs. Not-so Strong Line-up
Furcal…………………. Furcal
Ethier…………………. Pierre
Kemp………………….. Ethier
Manny………………… Blake
Loney…………………. Loney
Marty………………….. Kemp
Blake………………….. Marty
DeWitt………………… DeWitt

Funny that one guy could change the whole look and order.

I’ll take the strong line-up, sir!

Are you picking on dodgereric? No picking on dodgereric, or you will have to answer to his fan club.

bpb – fabulous lineup on the left πŸ™‚

LOL, nellyjune!!

I want the strongest thing you’ve got…

Errrr on second thought, I’ll have a Black Russian…

Sad thing is, you take Pierre out of the second line-up, plug in ANYONE else, and its instantly better.

No, sh**!!!

bpb – we tried last night…….GO NOODLE!!!! and GO GARDEN GNOME!!!!!! just don’t work πŸ™‚

nellyjune ~ we have to keep trying.

Whats the deal with their new stdium in AZ. Is it worth seeing this spring, or should I put it off tell next year!

Well kids, time for me to hit the sack. Nite all and I’ll catch you on the flip side.

Good Night bpb!!!! May you have sweet enchanted dreams. I think my goal until your bag comes off is to find a way to get your name into a post everyday. I miss writing enchanted……….because it is such an enchanting name for a person who is so enchanting himself. Take Care and see you in the morning ITD talk.

You don’t want to borrow money do ya???

LOL!!!! funny bpb πŸ™‚

So the dodgers have decided that Manny is worth 20 million more than Abreau? You guys know I love Manny but..that seems crazy! or fishy.

now batting 2nd…number 9….left fielder. juan…..pierre.……

another Manny perspective

No reason not to wait Manny out. If we wanted other players we would have gotten them by now right? It’s Manny or Pierre.

Good morning ITD, Dodgerfaithful,
It is another beautiful day…….Enjoy everyone πŸ™‚
Bring the Ring to L.A. in 2009!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GO DODGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good morning dodger4life. Keep the spirit!

Good Morning ITD readers and writers!!!!!!

2 Days, 1 hour until pitchers and catchers report πŸ™‚
6 Days until Andre’s arbitration hearing – still nothing 😦
Juan Pierre is our current Left fielder 😦

Good morning everyone!!! Let’s hope we have some good news soon on Manny and Dre as the free agent outfielders are dropping fast. SportsCenter says Abreu is signing with the Anaheim Angels.

Guess its official now – Abreu’s an Angel. 1 year, $5 mil.

That pretty much leaves Dunn and Anderson as the only other bats besides Manny. My fear is that Ned will procrastinate the Manny situation until there is no one left standing in LF but Pierre.

He better get Manny locked up quick!

Anderson has BorASS for his agent! We better get Manny because I don’t want to hear, “Now batting 2nd, Juan Pierre” !!!!

I would much prefer to watch ESPN and see one of those Hot Stove Breaking News reports saying we have traded the Noodle for a batboy. πŸ™‚

Me too, perumike!

Buenos Dias ITD boys & girls!
A beautiful day today. When I left home it was 32 degrees but is a nice sunny day.
I do plan on going to Az but I am waiting on my friends to make up their mind on the dates. Is making me nervous. By this time I already had everything planned for my Vero Beach trips. When are you there? Where are you staying? Maybe I’ll make two trips, one alone and one with my friends. I have cousins in Glendale. my crzblue signon is with yahoo.
I think soon we will hear that Manny signed with us. what other options does he or the Dodgers have?

Dnelly and others that might be interested in this book, check it out at:

COME BACK MANNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GO DODGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BRING THE RING TO L.A. IN 2009!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Emma – thanks for the linking the book suggestion – sounds like a great one!!!

Dodger4life – Life is good today πŸ™‚
~Dodger Blue Thru and Thru~
****Ethierholic Forever****

Life is good today πŸ™‚
GO DODGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GO DODGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
COME BACK MANNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
projected batting order – JP batting 8th.

So, if we are committed to the youth, which is fine, then why is Andre still without a contract?

My question, too, nellyjune! SIGN ANDRE NOW!!!!!!

Adam Dunn signed with the Nationals – two-year deal. Another one off the boards.

Geez Angels first Gary Matthew to a big contact than Hunterto a big contract which he deserve than Rivera a 3 yrs deal and now Abreu. The Angels doesn’t need another OF.

Damn………Abreu and Dunn gone…….sign MANNY AND DRE NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bring on Lambo!!!!!
Come back Manny!!!!!!


you mean – GARDEN GNOME

I saw that article that had Pierre batting 8th. Obviously the writer chose to follow common sense.

JoJo on the other hand will bat him 2nd.

….because he has speed πŸ™‚

Speed kills.

If you have any doubts, look at the Dodgers offense with Juan Pierre in it.

GO AWAY GARDEN GNOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

….that and he has to get on base first. That was the problem last year…………………….pop ups, ground balls, and he did a lousy job bunting last season too.

I think at this point we should all take a step back and learn from history.

We have nothing to fear, but Ned himself.

BTW, Ned just lost his leverage with Boras.

Why is that?

Can’t fallback on Abreu and Dunn anymore. Boras knows now its Manny or nothing.

Ned has Boras right where Boras wants him.

You are right, bpb!

Hey I read an article that said Schmidt will be at full strength this spring.

I also read in that same article that DY is complaining his elbow still hasn’t healed and that it bothers him hitting lefthanded.

Doesn’t a GM need people skills?


Somehow I sense a 4-year $100M deal not too far off now.

I’d say by tomorrow!!!!

Of course one of the positive by-products of signing Manny is that it makes JP our version of Herb Washington.


Thanks. A designated runner……

We have a Gnome Washington………..designated out!

I’m okay with
Get up off the bench JP…. and run….. Jp……. run.

Wow 92-70 for the TB and not making the playoff I wonder who came up with this prediction.

Only LaRussa would back Pierre 9th.

I hope all those who do go to McRanch have a nice time this spring. I will not be partaking, but I look forward to reports from the fans on their impressions.

With only two left on the dance floor_bora$$ & Ned, I expect an announcement soon that Manny is a Dodger.

crzblue ~ me, too!!!

I will be reporting from center field.

oops back=bat damn spell check.

I want to here Breaking News Manny just fired Boras and signed a 3 years for 75 millions lol.

BRING THE RING TO L.A. IN 2009!!!!!!!!


OK, OK, it’s only Rosenboob ……..

“Joe Beimel again is drawing interest from the Dodgers, for whom he pitched the last three seasons, sources say.”

Hi Crz, I’m planning on going to the games on Mar 5 and 7, possibly the 4th depending on whether my room is ready or not. When are you planning on going?

dodgereric – good move or bad move?

I like him better than anyone we’ve signed so far.

He came close to signing with the Rockies and now the poor guy has nowhere to go. I liked him and think he could be good for us.

Trublu, I always liked Joe Beimel. I hope he does return. I was so upset when he became a free agent. They were depending on Ebert being his replacement but I don’t think he is ready. I know Russell will be happy to have him back. They were good friends last year.
Nellyjune…are you feeling better? You have to be better for the first day of Spring Training!!
Dodgereric and Dodger4life…how is everything?
Cpompe1..please check in. How is your shoulder and your job search?? Is the weather bothering you?
Crz..will you share your pictures of Canter’s with us. I know you got some good shots.
Hope everyone in Southern California is surviving this rain.
Now that Dunn and Abreu are gone, sign Manny and get it over with.

The only thing wrong with Beimal is Joe went anti-Proctor and didn’t pitch him enough. Stats say 12 less games, 18 less innings. His ERA was only 2…but the rap was inherited runners scoring. He also walked nearly as many as the year before…in less innings. I felt all year he struggled with his “feel.” Pitchers need to pitch…especially situational lefties. I like Beimal. He’s got grit, stays healthy, and he’s a weirdo! He’s a nice compliment to Kuo, who’s more of a start-the-inning kind of guy. You want Elbert or Stults with the game on the line in the 7th or 8th facing a bad-*** lefty?

Another pre-season analysis:;_ylt=AqN7TsPbEdDMi3nIO51yBukRvLYF?slug=sh-hsddodgers021109&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

Notice how the “projected” opening day payroll has a $25 million range…………………a familiar number, eh?

Good evening all~~~Manny’s options are….are….is…
I still wouldn’t guarantee him anything beyond 2 years with out getting him to waive his no-trade for year 3 or 4.
Weaver says he is trying out for the bullpen…
I’m all for retaining Beimal, now that his price is right. I would prefer him over Reyes.

2 days until we see the sights and sounds of gloves popping. πŸ™‚

Hello there ITD’ers!
Nelly–It sounds as if you’re sick? I’m sorry if I passed it to you!
Just a thought… Does anyone else think that maybe part of the Manny deal would of been for us to also sign Weaver? Just as a nod to BorASS. Hmmm…
On a somber note, sad news today about Robby Alomar. I hadn’t heard he was HIV+ before today. Nor that he now has full blown AIDS. I always loved watching him and Omar Visquel while they played together in Cleveland.
Welcome Brunelli! Great idea and good thinking out of the box. However I doubt BorASS would agree to that.
Go Blue!!!
Bring the Ring in 2009!!!

Hi dishguy & kahli – I think now that our two back-up options for not signing Manny are gone……….Man-ram will be a Dodger by the end of the week. Am I dreaming, or will this really happen?

dcollins – how are you feeling? That ITD virus has really spread………..nellyjune is much better today, though. I’m sitting here with my surgical mask on hoping I will escape the bug! lol

Tru—I’m better but still bummin. I feel like I was in a car wreck. Thanks for asking!
Are you guys going south?

nellyjune & her daughter are. I once had an illness like yours……..hung on for a very long time and couldn’t shake it. It really was just some kind of virus and you just have to let it runs its course.

Good Evening ITD readers and writers!!!!

dcollins – I am doing much better today, pretty much back to normal. Thanks for asking πŸ™‚ My normal routine is once I get any sort of sign, I start downing Airborne as much as I can. Then a co-worker recommended some medicine,and it was pretty much gone by this morning – a total of about 24-36 hours.

Thats good. In that it was over and short!
I’m glad you’re better. Have a great trip!!!

Thanks dcollins!!!

You’d think the Dodgers would like Manny for ALL of Spring Training. Player bonding and all that stuff. “No one is bigger than the team” type rhetoric. Last week Boras backpedaled (after saying Manny would have a contract by Spring Training) by saying that he considered Spring Training when games began. Whatever. Call it Borasspeak. The L.A. Times said tonight, “At this point…the Dodgers have already won the negotiation. They can almost assuredly ink Manny for a shorter duration at a lower price than they could have pictured in October. Don’t slow play the pocket aces and risk getting sucked out on the river. Assuming it’s still the goal, find a decent face-saving offer for Boras and Manny, make the bet, and take down the pot. It’s not worth trying to squeeze a little extra out of the proceedings…”

…sorry Kahli ~ I didn’t see you posted the same article πŸ™‚

I figure I would help dodgerlife out in the spirit department. Frank…………take care of Andre please.

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WE LOVE OUR DODGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
365 DAYS A YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
7 DAYS A WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
24 HOURS A DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bring the Ring to LA in 2009!!!!!
It’s A Beautiful day………. πŸ™‚

We Love Ya Manny!!!!!
Be Part of the ( Bring the Ring to L.A. in 2009 season!!!!!!! )
GO DODGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

…Wolf also said he thinks that the game needs to be more fan-friendly with lower ticket prices…

Wolf’s first stop after that comment was Frank’s office.

Frank – “We’ll have none of that kind of talk around here young man.”

LOL!!! Good Evening brownpaperbag!!

Manny, Manny, Manny, what’s ya gonna do all spring…. come play ball. We love ya in L.A. wont ya stay……Life is good today….
GO DODGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Bring the Ring to L.A. in 2009!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Keep up the spirit Dodger4life!!!!

35 hours until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training, and then the fun really begins.

Tomorrow – dual races for NASCAR, which means the running of this years Daytona 500 only a couple days away as well.

Life is good today πŸ™‚

I wish I had the speed channell 😦
GO DODGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
COME BACK MANNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I wish you did too πŸ™‚ Then you could report to us during the day. However, you can watch live leaderboard on I did that today during the practice session.

I watch the shoot out that way, until the last 20 laps πŸ™‚

I can do that if I am not to busy chatting with Manny….
COME BACK MANNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GO DODGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LOL!!!!! chatting with Manny huh? Let’s hope we are at least talking about him in left field batting clean up rather than JP in left field batting 2nd.

As for NASCAR, most of my guys are racing in race #2.

I will try to update you…. πŸ™‚
GO DODGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
COME BACK MANNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good Night ITD, Dodgerfaithful….
It is almost the day we have all been talking about. Pitchers and catchers to report soon πŸ™‚
Have a great day and keep the faith.
God Bless Everyone, and God Bless the U.S.A. πŸ™‚
Good Night Manny! Talk to ya tommorrow!!!!

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WE LOVE OUR DODGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
365 DAYS A YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
7 DAYS A WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
24 HOURS A DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bring the Ring to LA in 2009!!!!!
It’s A Beautiful day………. πŸ™‚

Good Night Dodger4life!!!! Take Care and God Bless !!!

Good Night ITD readers and writers!!!!!
33 hours until pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training. GO DODGERS!!!!!!

Good morning everyone…it is sunny and beautiful in Dallas today…I tink it will be in the 70s….Pitchers and catchers report tomorrow…This is the best time of the year….

Manny, we need you and want you…You gave us hope last year, when the team was floundering and Andre, Kemp, and the rest really responded…Your legacy as a champion and to help people forget what happened last year in Boston, will be cemented in history, by leading the Dodgers to the promised land!!!! Go over Borass and get the contract done with the Dodgers…

One of the great things about this winter is that the contracts are incentive loaded…except for the big guns…I hope that this will be as it should be from here on out…That way the team and us as fans do not get stuck with the walk year superstar…If you do not perform you do not get paid!!!!

Lets go Dodgers!!!

Good morning ITD – I hope today is the day we can finally be happy………….signing Andre and Manny would be great.

Gooooood morning, ITD!!! And good morning, rams and tru!

It’s cool this morning in Temecula, but nowhere near the below freezing early morning Tuesday when the doors to my truck were frozen shut. We’re supposed to hit 58 today.

Manny, pick up the phone and ask Ned for a one-year, $28 million deal. You’ll probably get it and it’s in your best interest. Have a good year and you’ll prime the pump for a nice healthy 3-4 year deal next season from an AL team to finish out your career.

Tru and Junie, did you see this?

I swear if ol’ β„– 9 is the starting left fielder this year, somebody’s gonna get hurt.

Good Morning ITD readers and writers!!!!!

dodgereric/Ward Dear – I knew about that. Also a grandparent of one of Michael’s friends knows the lady that has it.

ramslover – it’s good to hear you are having some good weather.

bpb – Can I be first in line? LOL!!!!

Can I be second!!!

Good morning ITD, Dodgerfaithful, Manny πŸ™‚
It is another beautiful day…….Enjoy everyone πŸ™‚
Bring the Ring to L.A. in 2009!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GO DODGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’d even take Garrett Anderson over Holly Golightly.

I’d take the real Holly Golightly!!!

I’d rather it be Holly Goaway.

LMAO, me, too!!!!

I think J.P.should be given away, in lue of a player between now and the trade deadline. Frank will alway’s have to pay J.P.. A team in financial trouble will get the best of both worlds, rid of excess and a player for next to nothing. We in return get some one who can help our team πŸ™‚

Its OK D4 – I’m sure Ned will do the right thing.


LOL!!! bpb – when dodgereric does the HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! I actually know what it sounds like now, but with you, it’s still a mystery.

I can hardly wait for baseball to start.
With every article in the daily news being so depressing I need baseball! These days I can’t even watch Sportscenter without feeling like I’m getting slugged in the stomach.
As the old cartoons would say, “Blech!!!”
Andre Ethier, OF: As I noted in September, Ethier’s second-half success wasn’t the result of seeing only fastballs down the middle while batting in front of Manny Ramirez — instead, he was hitting everything while also taking plenty of pitches off the plate. The guy now has more than 1,500 plate appearances with a career .846 OPS and 116 OPS+; however streaky he is, it’s time he got credit where credit is due. A year ago, some pretty important people doubted whether he should be an everyday player. Those days should be done. He slumps, he surges: He’s a major-league hitter.

Frank, please give Andre his money. He has earned every penny.

Rah, Rah – Andre, Andre, he’s our man…..if anybody can do it, Andre can! Gooooo Andre, Gooooo Andre!

Did you notice to the right, the list of the salaries, they have Andre at a salary*$3,200,000. If he gets that, our core young guns (Martin, Loney, Kemp, Ethier) still won’t make as much as Juan Pierre this year.

When the air is absolutely still, even the slightest breeze is welcome……

“Top Dodgers executives recently huddled at a swanky beachside retreat south of L.A. And it’ll be interesting to see what new strategy they came up with.

Bobby Abreu and Adam Dunn coming off the board could slightly hurt the Dodgers’ leverage in trying to re-sign Manny Ramirez. But the reality is, as good as Abreu and Dunn are, they never seemed like much leverage against the franchise-saving savant himself, anyway.

Some close to Dodgers owner Frank McCourt say he isn’t completely opposed to doing nothing and instead waiting for the trade deadline, apparently in hopes of a second straight July miracle. So in other words, Ramirez’s Dodgers heroics may be working against him.

However, most in the know seem to still believe McCourt will bend on Manny and go to three years. While Manny may not quite pay for himself, the impact on ticket sales and the L.A. market was huge. So he is the one rare megastar McCourt could ever really consider.”

Frank, just get it done! We don’t need any distractions with Andre or Manny going into Spring Training! Just get them signed and let’s get down to work!!

GO DODGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GO GET MANNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GO DODGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GO GET MANNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GO DODGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Way to go, perumike!
Keep the spirit going, dodger4life!

Good Afternoon ITD readers and writers!!!!

Great article dodgereric/Ward Dear – things will get mighty interesting for sure.

I read an article that said Hudson is the one that contacted the Dodgers. Makes more sense than the club contacting him. No reason for the D’s to go after Hudson at this point in time unless they reach[ed] a total impasse with Manny and would then have to play musical positions to put Blake in left.

bpb ~ I think that is what they were planning. Either moving DeWitt to AAA or as you say, put him at third and Casey in left. If they are thinking of putting Blake in left, the Garden Gnome must be on his way out!!!

As for the article dodgereric just posted……I am really thinking it’s Boras’ doing. Until our Los Angeles Dodgers website actually says “Manny is a Dodger, signed on the dotted line” then I will have to think this is mostly Boras’ doing.

….no, he will be a Garden Gnome and 4th outfielder at the bargain price of $10,000 this year πŸ™‚

You are probably right, nellyjune. Unfortunate, but true.

Pierre would be the perfect spokesman for Travelocity.
It’s a natural.

LOL, the Travelocity Gnome!

I am sure the actual Travelocity Gnome doesn’t get paid $10,000,000.
I just realized I put $10,000 instead of $10,000,000 on the previous post πŸ™‚

That is more than all of “Young Core” earned last year. Kind of pathetic, isn’t it?

Looper is a Brewer πŸ™‚

I want to hear, Andre got his raise and Manny is a Dodger once again.

I want to hear, Andre got his raise and Manny is a Dodger once again.

Yeah. Looper ought to make up for C.C. and Sheets.


I want to hear that Andre got his raise and Manny is a Dodger.

This has been a test of the ITD emergency system. Had this been an actual emergency, bloggers would have been instructed where to find Ned to kick him in the ***.


We are having a problem here!!!!

Uggla won his at his arbitration meeting…was awarded $5.35Mafter marlins offered him $4.4M. He earned $417,000 last year.

That makes 2 wins and one loss in arbitration hearings so far.

New thread.

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