A-Rod's rep just got Manny Ramirez a two-year, $45 million deal from the Dodgers
DP: The Manny deal came four months after the Dodgers' initial offer. What was the holdup?
SB: Manny wanted to be somewhere for a long period, four years. He wanted to find a home for himself and achieve his goal of getting 3,000 hits—and most importantly be a place where he was really comfortable. Los Angeles met that, and Manny gave me direction that he wanted me to focus on getting a contract done, until the point came that he thought we couldn't. Then he wanted to look somewhere else.
DP: But was anybody offering a better deal than two years, $45 million?
SB: Of course teams called, and if we wanted to pursue other negotiations, I'm sure we could have.
DP: Yeah, but give me an idea of those....
SB: I never do that, Dan. I keep my conversations confidential.
DP: How would you grade yourself on this deal?