01/08/09 5:36 PM EST
Dodgers reaffirm interest in Manny
LA general manager Colletti ready to 'keep talking' about deal
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
The same report said Ramirez could be too expensive for either the Dodgers or the Giants because he is still seeking a four- or five-year contract in the $25 million-a-year range.But it will be difficult for Ramirez to get that kind of contract because there does not seem to be much of a market for the future Hall of Famer despite his performance with the Dodgers last season after being traded by the Red Sox minutes before the July 31 Trade Deadline. Ramirez made an immediate impact with the Dodgers, leading the team to its first National League West title since 2004 and its first appearance in the NL Championship Series since 1988. In 53 games with the Dodgers last season, Ramirez batted .396 with 17 homers and 53 RBIs. And in eight postseason games, Ramirez batted .520 (13-for-25) with four homers and 10 RBIs. And even though he spent just 53 games in the National League, he still finished fourth in the voting for the league's Most Valuable Player.
Rhett Bollinger is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.