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Manny rejects second Dodgers offer

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  February 3, 2009 07:25 AM

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Manny Ramirez received a new one-year contract offer worth a reported $25 million from the Los Angeles Dodgers last night ... and he promptly rejected it.

According to Los Angeles Times columnist T.J. Simers, Manny's agent Scott Boras said he informed Ramirez of the offer -- what he classified as a suggestion by the Dodgers, the LA Times reports -- and the former Red Sox outfielder turned it down. Boras said that he informed the Dodgers of Ramirez's decision last night.

Dodgers spokesman Josh Rawitch confirmed the rejection of the offer and spread the word in an e-mail to the team's beat writers.

"Hey guys," Rawitch wrote, "just a quick confirmation that Scott Boras and Ned [Colletti, Dodgers GM] spoke tonight and that Scott rejected the Dodgers' offer."

Despite the rejection, Colletti said he was still interested in Ramirez.

"We still have interest in signing Manny. Right now we don't have a deadline. But that doesn't mean we're not going to have a deadline," Colletti told ESPN.com. "These situations can change in an instant, and anybody can change them in an instant."

A two-year, $45 million offer to Ramirez from the Dodgers in November expired without a response from Ramirez's camp. Colletti said he presented Boras with the club's second offer Sunday night, the Times reported. Colletti didn't confirm details of the offer.

The San Francisco Giants are the only team besides the Dodgers with known interest in Ramirez, but Giants officials have said that they would sign Ramirez only if the price was right.

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