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The Juan Pierre Sleeps Alone Tonight

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“Never-ending” doesn’t quite seem to fully encapsulate the drama that was the Manny Ramirez/Dodgers saga this past winter. But as Vin Scully might say, “As the leaves start to turn green and our thoughts drift to fresh cut grass and new beginnings, so comes the return of Manny Ramirez to usher in another hopeful new season.”

Manny Ramirez signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers today to a two-year, $45 million contract with money deferred. Simply put, agent Scott Boras blinked and the Dodgers called his bluff. I’ve never been a fan of Ned Colletti and his hatred of good players at competitive prices, but I have to credit him and owner Frank McCourt for not falling for the usual Boras smokescreens.

But somewhere, in Arizona… lurking in the shadows of the clubhouse is Juan Pierre. No doubt, he is the only real loser with Manny’s return and likely we’ll hear shortly of his desire to be immediately traded or released. Pierre made that clear in February.

For now, all is looking promising in Dodgertown, AZ, as the addition of Manny means all those decent hitters will finally have a guy to knock them home, and Ben’s brand new “Ramirez 99” jersey won’t be worn in vain.

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