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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Pratfalls Are Only Funny So Manny Times

Brian Kamenetzky:
If the changing economy means the McCourts can't afford Ramirez, fine. Say so. But again, it seems like the McCourts are going out of their way to prepare LA for the team to "lose" in the big FA races... and not get blamed for it. After Game 5 they made clear "it takes two to tango." They reiterated it this week. Now it's the economy. Fans aren't stupid. They'll be able to make the distinction between a deal the Dodgers should have matched for Manny and one they shouldn't. They'll know what's too much for Sabathia. They'll know if the team made a legitimate offer that wasn't accepted.

The Dodgers still might re-sign Manny, they still might land CC. They have a lot of work to do in order to field a top flight team next season, and no question the economy matters. But I can do without the shallow, self-interested explanations on the appropriateness of spending free agent dollars while companies go under.

I have hitherto been skeptical about the McCourts running out of money, because of their apparent profligacy with free agents. That appears to be coming to an end.

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