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Ned Colletti Explains How the Manny Ramirez Trade Went Down

The Manny Ramirez acquisition has been one of the most intriguing story lines the Dodgers have had in the past 20 years, no doubt about it. The fan response has been incredible, with merchandise and ticket sales exploding, and for good reason. ManRam has been crushing the ball since coming to Los Angeles and figures to keep driving runs in like usual. One of the questions that really was yet to be answered was the how. As in, how exactly did the Dodgers wind up getting Manny at the deadline? Ned Colletti joined Peter Brown on Sporting News Radio to explain how the trade got done:

I had talked to [Red Sox GM] Theo Epstein the night before [the deadline] on a different matter, on different players, and sent him an email with a response back to that conversation at night and wished him well with the reported three-way that everyone was talking about. I left it at that, went back to where I live and took a nap for a while, got up early, checked the email, and there was a note there from Theo thanking me from the note. But he didn’t sound real positive suddenly. I went into the office, worked a few hours, called Joe Torre at 8am and brought him up-to-date on some other talks we had on other fronts, and told him it was kind of interesting that the Red Sox, Pittsburgh, Florida deal had not come to fruition. And I was wondering if we might be getting a call at some point in time so I wanted him to start thinking about it.

A couple hours later, Theo called me and we started talking about it and I wanted to make sure it was a serious nature because we had maybe three to four hours left before the deadline was going to slip past us and I didn’t want to waste much time on something that wasn’t of a serious nature. Theo guaranteed me it was serious and we kept talking and we sort of knew we had to satisfy Pittsburgh. I had conversations with them for the last six months on a variety of players and so we were able to satisfy Pittsburgh a couple minutes before the end and we were able to pull it off.

OK, that’s the nuts and bolts of the timeline for the trade, but Ned gets into even more good stuff, explaining for instance who in the Dodgers’ organization was in Manny’s corner:

I have two players that we have in uniform right now in Nomar Garciaparra and Derek Lowe that were teammates of Manny’s, and also Grady Little who managed us last year always spoke fondly of Manny. And Bill Mueller who’s a special assistant to the GM here, whenever I brought Manny Ramirez’s name up to Bill Mueller, he said ‘lemme tell you something, this guy is a great guy on our club, he’s a great teammate, and he’s one of the best hitters we’ll ever see. If we can get this man in and deal with him in a straight-up way, we have a chance to have something here be very positive and also have the impact on the field we’re looking for.’

Well, nice to see Mueller’s finally earning that $9.5 million he stiffed the team on. It was also interesting to note from Colletti that he acknowledged the team was pretty much too pitching reliant to win without if they hadn’t made that move. And hark! The Manny Ramirez love affair continues!



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  • Planto

    That deal bought Colletti another year as the GM

  • http://hollywoodauditions.com Ren Felson

    Ned Colletti is the Babe Ruth of Major league General Managers .. he can make an error like anyome else but he will make it up trust me ‘ he knows how to fix a problem thats why he’s Ned Colletti …Ren Felson

  • http://hollywoodauditions.com Ren Felson

    On Joe Torre .. I think he’s the scum of the earth .. No loyalty only Cowardness after Steinbrenner and Yankess gave him a Name . He Never won anything as a matter of fact George spent Millions for a Couple of years where he should have been fired ., but your looking at the #1 Ass kisser in Baseball.

    Personally I think he’s a Coward and 2 face scumb

    X Oriole Minor leaguer Baseball Manager Ren Felson

  • http://hollywoodauditions.com Ren Felson

    Casey Aldropp : Agent For Ren Felson

    On Behalf Of Renny Felson I like to say he is not trying to Hurt anyone with his Boldness he just feels that baseball Needs more Intersting Stories not about High Salaries and steroids.

    It will Be Ultimately Up to the Owners to Make a Change and Ren Felson wants to be Part of that Change .

    “Success Means winning and not high Salaries and Baseball Stories like those of Casey Stengel , leo Durocher , Earl Weaver Succes stories.

    In as far as Renny Felson Becoming the Next Succesful Major League manager it will ultimately be up to an Owner who is willing to put him at the Helm , He will definitely not dissapoint anyone that I can asure.

    I am also Sure that there are a few that are saying he was great as a player and mabe as a manager but I been here and I deserve a shot first..if I was the Owner I’d only care to Take On who is going to put my team on top in September bottom line.

    If you see the blogs so far everyone is keeping Mum but Making Ren Felson your Next Major League Manager will not keep people quiet .. Ren Felson brings excitement and intensity to the Game something its terribly lacking ..

    Casey Aldropp

  • http://hollywoodauditions.com Renny Felson

    Casey Aldropp : Agent For Ren Felson

    On Behalf Of Renny Felson I like to say he is not trying to Hurt anyone with his Boldness he just feels that baseball Needs more Intersting Stories not about High Salaries and steroids.

    It will Be Ultimately Up to the Owners to Make a Change .

    “Success Means winning and not high Salaries and Baseball Stories like those of Casey Stengel , leo Durocher , Earl Weaver Succes stories.

    In as far as Renny Felson Becoming the Next Succesful Major League manager it will ultimately be up to an Owner who is willing to put him at the Helm , He will definitely not dissapoint anyone that I can asure.

    I am also Sure that there are a few that are saying he was great as a player and mabe as a manager but I been here and I deserve a shot first..if I was the Owner I’d only care to Take On who is going to put my team on top in September bottom line.

    If you see the blogs so far everyone is keeping Mum but Making Ren Felson your Next Major League Manager will not keep people quiet .. Ren Felson brings excitement and intensity to the Game something its terribly lacking ..

    Casey Aldropp

  • http://hollywoodauditions.com Renny Felson

    Obviously I have my opinion of Joe Torre I think I have put it to rest and I wish the dodgers luck in 2009 . I here now he is leaving after contract expires in 2010.

    Afterall I was right I don’t think he’s Ideal guy to run dodgers and quite frankly I don’ think he likes Los angeles.

    I do think that everyone right now that loves the game should get together and join forces and get Our fans Back in the Ballparks across the Country and get ready for 2009.

    My advise is to lay everything to rest and Play Ball.

    Baseball Ambassador and a New Voice in MLB , Renny Felson

  • Robert Paulson

    I honestly cannot remember the last time I laughed so hard as I did this morning when I typed “Renny Felson” into Google after reading three absolutely ridiculous postings at the bottom of a Ken Rosenthal article. Who ARE you? Holy SH@T!!!

    This forty-something loser is the next big thing in MLB, Hollywood and God knows what else…just ask him! Did you know that Renny Felson was a potential candidate for consideration as the interim Assistant GM in Pittsburgh? Missed it by THAT much!

    http://www.hollywoodauditions.com/cast/felson_renny.htm

    Either a stroke of comedic genius, or one of the saddest pages on the entire internet…

    Here’s a hint: a resume usually doesn’t include an entire section detailing jobs that you never got. Here’s another: printing your pathetic resume at Kinkos and machine-gunning it to people who wouldn’t wipe their cracks with it, let alone hire you on account of it, doesn’t make you a “potential candidate” for the job.

    Though I was once considered for a possible threesome with Heidi Klum and Giselle only to see it fall through at the last minute. So I feel your pain.

    At least you have your film career to fall back on!

    Smother yourself, Felson…