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The Art of the Deal
SO WHAT does the guy who signed Manny Ramirez (above) think of the deal? Dodgers G.M. Ned Colletti came on the show shortly after Scott Boras did. Colletti said he knew as soon as he made his initial offer in November that he was in for a protracted negotiation; that's just the way it goes with Boras. Talks really slowed down when Boras claimed that Manny was entertaining other offers and might walk. "I thought there was some possibility," Colletti said. "But Scott's great at trying to create leverage even if he doesn't have it. In January he intimated that there was a lot of action that had to be sorted out quickly. We decided to wait and see, knowing that Manny had an interest in staying in L.A." Does that mean he called Boras's bluff? "I guess maybe we did, to some extent," said Colletti. It was a bold move, especially given Colletti's admission that "we didn't really have a plan B."
BEFORE HE signed a two-year, $23 million extension with the Cardinals last week, Kurt Warner said he'd take less money if helped the team re-sign disgruntled receiver Anquan Boldin. But Warner told me that the prospect of a discount never came up in his talks. He's still optimistic that Arizona will retain Boldin while conceding that "there are still some issues" between Boldin and the team. One thing that shouldn't be an issue for Boldin: being overshadowed. When I asked Warner if Larry Fitzgerald is his "Number 1" target, he was adamant: "Never. With certain routes he's my Number 1 guy, but I have that with Q as well. They're different at what they do."
BUFFALO MADE a bold move by signing Terrell Owens to a one-year, $6.5 million contract. Sure, there will be some T.O.-related drama, but if nothing else, he brings some buzz to what has been a dreary franchise. And as Peter King pointed out on my Monday-morning show, Owens has a history of behaving and playing well in his first season in a new home. "It's always a honeymoon early with T.O.," he said.
THE FINE PRINT: The Bobcats have won six in a row. Larry Brown is so encouraged, he's thinking about unpacking.
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