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Monday, December 8, 2008
Boras wants to talk to Dodgers about Manny

Scott Boras requested a meeting with the Dodgers for Tuesday, presumably to discuss Manny Ramirez. Earlier on Monday, Dodgers GM Ned Colletti had publicly expressed puzzlement over why Ramirez's side hadn't responded to the club's two-year contract offer last month or to their offer of arbitration last week.

• The Dodgers appear to be inching toward re-signing free agent Casey Blake. The hang-up continues to be whether the Dodgers are willing to guarantee a third season. They already are believed to have a two-year offer on the table, as do the Twins.

• Two more players bound for Japan: Hiram Bocachica, signed by the Seibu Lions (where he played last season), and pitcher Les Walrond, acquired by the Yokahama Bay Stars.