It looks like Manny Ramirez will keep chasing butterflies in the outfield for at least one more season.
The 12-time All-Star and the Los Angeles Dodgers have (finally) reached a preliminary agreement on a $45 million, two-year contract following months and months of negotiations (i.e. Manny and his superagent Scott Boras not agreeing to anything the Dodgers threw out there.)
Ramirez, who will turn 37 in May, aided in the Dodgers' 2008 NL West pennant by batting .396 with 17 homers and 53 RBIs over 53 regular season games. He hit .520 in the postseason with four homers, 10 RBIs, and 11 walks in 8 games.
The fickle outfielder will receive $25 million this year and has until this November to decide whether to stay for the second season, which calls for $20 million. That's 9 months, Manny. Take your time.
[LA Times] | [MLB Fanhouse] | [Deadspin]