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About Time! Manny agrees to deal with Dodgers (2 years/$45 million)


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Source: Manny, Dodgers agree

By Enrique Rojas


ORLANDO, Florida -- Manny Ramirez and the Los Angeles Dodgers finally reached common ground in their negotiations, according to a source close to the talks.

After multiple failed attempts, Ramirez and the Dodgers agreed to a two-year, $45 million deal on Tuesday.

The Dodgers announced last week that agent Scott Boras had declined the team's fourth offer to the star outfielder -- a one-year, $25 million contract with a $20 million player option for 2010.

The outfielder is expected to travel to Los Angeles on Tuesday night. Ramirez would then report to the Dodgers' spring training camp in Arizona.

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ESPN Manny Report False

By Drew Silva [March 3 at 8:41pm CST]

8:41pm: ESPN.com's headline now reads: "Sources: Manny, Dodgers closer to $45M deal."

8:32pm: Will Selva, the anchor on staff for ESPNews, says Rojas' report is "false."

8:30pm: Ken Gurnick and Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com have a quote from Boras himself: "I'm still working on it, but it's yet to be finalized."

8:25pm: ESPN.com's Jayson Stark writes that "obstacles still remain to completing the contract."

8:24pm: ESPN.com has now removed the story from the front page.

8:22pm: It should be noted that ESPN.com's front page headline reads: "Manny To Dodgers: It's a Deal."

8:16pm: MLBTR just received this e-mail from Senior Editor of Yahoo! Sports, Steve Henson:

Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports just spoke to Scott Boras and a Dodger front-office official. Both said no agreement has been reached. Ned Colletti and Boras did speak today, but no real progress was made.

--Steve Henson

7:56pm: Will Selva, an anchor for ESPNews, is now saying that the network is still "trying to confirm" the report.

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