The Dodgers’ initial offer to Manny Ramirez includes a club option for a third year that could increase the value of the contract to $60 million, according to sources speaking on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the matter.
The offer stands until Thursday, the final day of the Dodgers’ exclusive negotiating window with Ramirez, but indications are that their pursuit of the All-Star outfielder will extend beyond then. Ramirez’s agent, Scott Boras, has made it clear that the proposed deal isn’t long enough.
Exactly how far owner Frank McCourt would go to re-sign Ramirez remains uncertain. One team source said McCourt is open to improving the offer by guaranteeing the third year of the contract.
The option for 2011 in the initial offer is worth $22.5 million and can be bought out for $7.5 million. Ramirez would earn $15 million next season and $22.5 million in 2010.
General Manager Ned Colletti declined to comment on the details of the offer or the negotiations, other than to say he hasn’t spoken to Boras since he presented him with the proposal at the general managers’ meetings last week.
Meanwhile, renovations of the Dodger Stadium clubhouses, loge section, video scoreboard and sound system planned for this winter won’t take place for another year.
The Dodgers had wanted the clubhouses to be finished in time for the semifinals and finals of the World Baseball Classic in March. Dennis Mannion, the team’s chief operating officer, blamed the delay on the need to reconfigure the field level concession stands, as well as construction of the spring-training facility in Glendale, Ariz.
Also, in a response to complaints about unruly fan behavior, the Dodgers hired Ray Maytorena as vice president of security. Maytorena spent the last 24 years working for the Secret Service.