Dodgers Make Big Offer To Manny

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers have made a fourth
bid for Manny Ramirez.

They are offering the enigmatic slugger a $25 million, one-year contract with a $20 million player option for 2010.

A person with knowledge of the negotiations says the player option came at the requrest of Ramirez's agent, Scott Boras. The person requested anonymity because the talks are ongoing.

The latest proposal is similar in dollars to Los Angeles' first offer to the free-agent left fielder this offseason, a $45 million, two-year deal with a buyout or a club option that was ignored by Boras and later withdrawn by the team.

This offer, however, gives Ramirez a chance to determine his fate in 2010. He could stay with the Dodgers for a $20 million salary or decline the option and become a free agent again.

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