Manny Ramirez will be back with the Dodgers in 2009, having exercised his option to return in 2010 for the fee of $20M, according to True Blue LA / Jon Heyman's twitter feed. Man, I feel uncomfortable citing twitter feeds; however TBLA is pretty sound and I trust Eric Stephen. Let's hope it's the late-2008 era Manny, and not the late-2009 era Manny; however, given it's a contract year, he's a proud guy and he's coming off an interrupted season, I think he'll be hungry to contribute.
So long as there aren't any major distractions around for the team, that is. Nah, we don't have any of those.
photo: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images North America, March 5 2009