Dodgers GM Ned Colletti has been open about his dislike for Scott Boras' negotiation methods. He lamented the fact that he hasn't heard anything from Boras or clients Derek Lowe and Manny Ramirez since free agency started. In Manny's case, Boras hasn't even bothered to respond directly to offers of a new contract or arbitration.
"This is like watching the San Andreas Fault. Some days you can see it move probably, and other days it's going to sit there. And in a week or two it may move a lot. It's a slow process. It speeds up and it slows back down."
The earthquake-related analogy is a good one for Manny. He wrecks the opposition and his own team with no regard for either side. He's sitting there minding his own business one second and then, boom, your house is falling apart all around you.
Figuring out where Manny will end up is the most difficult guessing game of the entire offseason. The Dodgers need him as badly as anyone, but he's going wherever they are offering the most money. Judging from their offer to Mark Teixeira, that could mean the Washington Nationals. They probably won't get Tex, not if the Red Sox are anywhere close, but if they're spending money that could get them a few years of Manny, if not wins.
Manny Ramirez Isn't in a Hurry, Neither is Ned Colletti originally appeared on MLB FanHouse on Thu, 11 Dec 2008 17:45:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.