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Ramírez rejects Dodgers' offer of 1 year, $25m

Associated Press / February 4, 2009
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The Dodgers are still trying to bring back Manny Ramírez. Only the enigmatic slugger doesn't like their latest deal.

He rejected their third offer - for one year and $25 million - which would have made him baseball's second-highest paid player behind Alex Rodriguez.

That leaves Ramírez unsigned three months after deciding to test his value in the recession-plagued free agent market, with the Dodgers the only team to have confirmed any offers.

"We have interest in signing Manny," general manager Ned Colletti wrote in an e-mail yesterday. "We don't have a deadline, but these situations can change in an instant and either side can change them."

Dodgers owner Frank McCourt said the team still wants Ramírez back, but he also was quoted by as saying, "At some point, we have to move on."

Yankees GM Brian Cashman reiterated that his team will not pursue Ramírez.

Bonds tests positive
A urine sample that Barry Bonds provided as part of the anonymous testing that baseball conducted in 2003 has tested positive for performance-enhancing substances, people familiar with the matter told the New York Times.

Although the samples did not test positive under baseball's program, they were retested by federal authorities after being seized in a 2004 raid and now may become a key factor in Bonds's perjury trial, the people said.

Also, a federal judge in San Francisco today plans to unseal hundreds of pages of court documents at the heart of the government's case against Bonds.

Padres sale is a go
Former agent Jeff Moorad reached an agreement for his group to buy the Padres from majority owner John Moores . . . The Mets and financially troubled Citigroup said their $400 million naming rights deal for the team's new stadium is still on, despite a published report that Citi may be looking to back out.

Atkins signs deal
Third baseman Garrett Atkins avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year, $7.05 million contract with the Rockies. He hit .286 with 21 homers and 99 RBIs last season . . . The Orioles and free agent utilityman Ty Wigginton agreed on a $6 million, two-year contract. The 31-year-old batted .285 with 23 homers and 58 RBIs with the Astros last season . . . Righthander Justin Verlander and the Tigers decided on a one-year contract worth $3,675,000 . . . Second baseman Rickie Weeks and the Brewers agreed to a $2.45 million, one-year pact . . . As expected, Oliver Perez and the Mets finalized a $36 million, three-year contract.

Abreu not enticed
A baseball source told that negotiations between the White Sox and free agent outfielder Bobby Abreu stalled early this week after the team floated the possibility of a one-year, $8 million contract . . . Yankees righthander Chien-Ming Wang threw 27 pitches in Tampa in his first mound session this year as he rehabilitates his injured foot . . . Marlins infielder Pascual Arias was suspended for 50 games by the commissioner's office after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance under the minor league drug program . . . Lefthanded reliever Eddie Guardado agreed to a minor league contract with the Rangers . . . Bob Costas has left HBO and joined the new MLB Network. The move will not affect Costas's relationship with NBC.

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