MLB Rumors: LA to Deal Andruw Jones, and Mannywood II??

TJ Simers from the LA Times reported last evening that the LA Dodgers are working on a deal to "unload" Andruw Jones and save the team $12 million. Jones is scheduled to make $15 million in 2009, and is in the last year of his contract. How the Dodgers save $12 million is the big question. According to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick, here are a few possibilities:

The Dodgers are hoping to spread that money over more years. It could be done through an extension, which would move a chunk of money off the 2009 payroll. There also is the possibility of a deferred buyout, either to facilitate a trade or allow Jones to become a free agent.

The money saved will be used in an offer to Manny Ramirez.  If this "deal" happens, it would be a very smart, and creative, deal to say the least. To move salary from one of the worst contracts ever to Manny Ramirez would be quite the coup for Ned Colletti. 

This move could be in response to the Troy Renck article in yesterday's Denver Post stating the Giants are "quietly and aggressively" pursuing Manny. Boras, who is also the agent for Jones, more than likely orchestrated this deal to allow Jones to be traded, as the reduced 2009 salary would make him more attractive to potential trade partners.

The $64,000 question is the size and term of the contract offered to Manny. I imagine Ned will attempt to stick to his guns and keep the contract short in return for a higher annual  salary....2 years and $50 million could get a deal done. ESPN's Buster Olney has written several times about how much money will keep Manny motivated throughout the season, especially given the state of the free agent market which is as frozen as the credit market was in the 4th quarter of 2008.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Fake Teams

You must be a member of Fake Teams to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Fake Teams. You should read them.

Join Fake Teams

You must be a member of Fake Teams to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Fake Teams. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker