Giants accelerate talks with Manny Ramirez
The Dodgers might not have been talking with Manny Ramirez, but the Giants have.
While Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti said Friday that he had not spoken with agent Scott Boras in the previous 48 hours, Giants President Larry Baer said today his club had spoken with Boras several times in the past few days, including on Friday.
"We have been talking," Baer said.
Baer would not say whether the Giants have extended an offer to Ramirez.
The Giants are not believed to be enthused about topping the Dodgers' offers of one year at $25 million or two years at $45 million, but a source familiar with their thinking recently told The Times they had not ruled out a three-year contract.
"I'm not going to get into dollars and cents," Baer said. "We've said all along it has to be the right fit for the Giants."
-- Bill Shaikin
Photo: Manny Ramirez is greeted by Andre Ethier after hitting a sixth-inning home run in Game 1 of the National League Divisional Series at Wrigley Field. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times