Dodgers losing patience with Manny

December, 8, 2008
The Los Angeles Dodgers entered the offseason with 12 free agents. As general manager Ned Colletti tries to address voids in the infield, left field and the pitching staff, he appears to be running low on patience for determining where the team stands with Manny Ramirez.

Colletti isn't ruling out a return engagement for Ramirez in Los Angeles in 2009, but he doesn't sound thrilled with the way things have gone thus far with Ramirez and his agent, Scott Boras.

"I just find it curious,'' Colletti said. "We made a [contract] offer and never heard back. We made a [salary] arbitration offer and never heard back. Maybe we have to look into the communications we're using.''

So what are the chances that Ramirez will be a Dodger next season?

"If he shows up in spring training, we'll find him a hat, we'll find him a shirt and we'll play him in the field and figure it out then,'' Colletti said. "But I can't wait until the day he shows up to go after a third baseman or a shortstop or another reliever.''

Jerry Crasnick

ESPN Senior Writer



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