Manny signs with the Dodgers
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My faith in humanity has been restored now that Manny Ramirez found it within himself to sign a $45 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers according to ESPN‘s Jayson Stark.
He absolutely murdered the ball with the Dodgers last year hitting .396 (.743 Slugging Percentage & 1.232 OPS) with 17 HRs and 53 RBI in 53 games to propel the Dodgers to the playoffs.
I warn Dodger fans and fantasy owners not to expect that type of production again. In 233 games with Boston in 2007 & 2008 he hit .297 with 40 HRs and 148 RBIs. Not bad numbers, but nowhere near what he did with LA. Plus, Fenway is more of a hitter’s park. He’ll rake because that’s what Manny does. Just expect more along the lines of .315, 35 HRs, 120 RBI than the .396, 52, 162 his Dodgers numbers project to.
Now if I don’t have to hear about Manny’s contract or Scott Boras for quite some time, I’ll be more than happy.