Colletti: Dodgers don't expect quick resolution to Manny negotiations
DANA POINT, Calif. -- Dodgers general manager
"I'm not too confident it's going to be resolved in the next short period of time,'' Colletti said Monday at the baseball general manager meetings.
While Colletti said again that the Dodgers had yet to meet with Ramirez's agent,
If Ramirez sticks to that request, there's quite a gap to bridge in L.A., even if the Dodgers' offer matches or beats
Colletti again disputed the notion, advanced elsewhere, that they'd already presented their proposal, but he did nothing to dispel the concept of a short-term deal at a high annual salary, as SI.com reported was L.A.'s intention a couple weeks ago.
Rather, Colletti endorsed that very idea, saying, "It's obvious the way we have chosen to go whenever possible ... but every situation is different, and every player is different.''
Colletti added, "But it's obviously been our style.''
The reason they prefer shorter deals, Colletti said, is that it gives them "a chance to re-evaluate ... and the player has a chance to re-evaluate, too.''
Colletti had some fun with reporters, listing the left side of the infield, the bullpen and a starting pitcher as the Dodgers' main winter goals. But when someone pointed out that he didn't mention a power-hitting left fielder, Colletti good-naturedly pointed out, "We're always looking for a power hitter. That should go without saying.''
Colletti had nothing but kind words for Ramirez, declining to address the assertion that Manny's effort might be adversely affected by a long-term contract. "What he did for 10 weeks was as good as anyone can do ... " Colletti said. "We saw a lot of good things.''
With up to $50 million coming off their books (