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Manny Ramirez deal with Dodgers: Who won?

March 4, 2009 | 12:55 pm

ManrManny Ramirez, pending a physical, will again be in a Dodgers uniform, perhaps as early as tomorrow.

Until then, the pundits are analyzing the reported two-year, $45-million deal.

Bill Plaschke says Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti was the big winner, "correctly reading the market and holding firm despite a winter's worth of criticism.''

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Jeff Passan of YahooSports! writes that all the stalling still didn't give the Dodgers enough time to recognize "the gravity of their mistake.''

As for Ramirez, he reportedly will appear at a news conference tomorrow in Arizona, but he spoke to T.J. Simers last night and revealed that he was close to returning to Mannywood.

Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts likes the projected lineup.

-- Randy Harvey

Photo: Manny Ramirez hits a three-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sept. 6, 2008. Credit: Reed Saxon / Associated Press