Lack of Contract Had Manny Ramirez Freaking Out

All that nonsense about having confidence in Scott Boras to get a deal done was apparently rubbish. Just like I said here about a month ago, Manny was telling Albert Pujols that nobody wanted to sign him. Truth is, he really was worried. From Newsday:

A person close to the situation told Newsday on the condition of anonymity, is that Manny spent most of his free agency “freaking out.” Not only about his lack of suitors but about people discussing that situation publicly.

In all, the person said, Ramirez grew increasingly frustrated by his situation and became more paranoid — so much so that he changed his phone number “six times.”

Manny put a lot of trust in Scott Boras when he changed agents last offseason. They engineered the strategy to get Manny traded away from the Red Sox by having Ramirez dog it. As a result, Manny was penalized in free agency because teams were worried about his character and attitude. Manny lost because his legacy was tarnished by that ordeal (he certainly lost my respect for his lack of hustle), Boras loses because he got Manny nothing better than what Ramirez already had contract-wise, and the Dodgers lose because there’s a player option after the season. The only party that won when Manny finally signed was the fans, and that’s only for about five months before Manny starts making noise about opting out once again. And check this: Manny has so much power that Torre’s not even going to bother with asking him to cut his hair this year. I think we know who holds the power in that relationship.

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  • SpinMax

    Boras should be suspended by MLB for taking part in Ramirez’ purposely
    dogging it in Boston. I wish I could find the quote where he insinuated that
    if something happens, Ramirez will play hard again. what a dirtbag

  • Jeff J

    I am a big fan of Manny, and I really hope he spends his year doing what he did as a Dodger last year. I am actually hoping now to catch a few games live this year.

    When will these players learn that a guy like Scott Bore Ass is only looking out for himself, and he doesn’t care if he screws Baseball and his players in the process. It’s sickening, and I hope other players will see after how Bore ass screwed yet another player out of a good deal, maybe they will take a second look, and change agents. Its just a shame a jackass like Bore Ass gets to collect a paycheck while hard working Americans are losing their jobs. We can only hope Bore Ass had all his money invested with Bernie Madoff.