What Manny’s Suspension Means For The Dodgers

We know that Manny Ramirez has been suspended for 50 games after failing a drug test, but what does it mean for the Dodgers? ESPN.com's Buster Olney breaks down the consequences for baseball's winningest team so far.

  • Ramirez loses between $7-8MM in salary this year.
  • He'll miss 50 games and return in early July. 
  • Olney says "no team with any sanity is going to match the money that Ramirez stands to make in the second year of his deal" (he makes $20MM next season). 
  • So Manny will not opt out of the contract.  
  • The Dodgers, like the Yankees with Alex Rodriguez, have been "duped," but there's nothing they can do about it.

 Some other consequences for the team:

  • Juan Pierre will presumably play every day in left field and bat eighth.
  • Could the $7-8MM be used to acquire a free agent like Pedro Martinez or Ben Sheets?
  • Could it give the team the flexibility to make a deal for a premier player?   

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