Source: Boras, Colletti restate positions

Updated: February 6, 2009, 2:34 AM ET
By Jayson Stark |

Two days after Manny Ramirez rejected the Dodgers' one-year, $25 million contract offer, Ramirez's agent, Scott Boras, talked with Los Angeles general manager Ned Colletti.

The two spoke by phone Wednesday but used the conversation mostly to restate their respective positions, according to a major league source who was aware of the meeting.

There were no indications the two sides made any significant progress toward resolving their differences. But they did agree to stay in touch during the next several days.

Since Ramirez turned down the Dodgers' latest offer, the general managers of the Yankees, Mets and Nationals all have publicly stated their teams are not interested in signing Ramirez.

On Thursday, the Texas Rangers are the latest team to say publicly they're not pursuing Ramirez. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told the team has discussed the feasibility of adding Ramirez, but they've now dismissed the idea.

The Angels joined the list of clubs that aren't in on Manny Ramirez.

"I can make this very brief and very clear," Angels GM Tony Reagins told "We are not in on Manny -- and will not be."

Asked whether a change in Ramirez's price tag or any other factor could cause the Angels to revise that stance, Reagins answered: "Here's as simple as I can put it. We're not in."

So that would appear to leave only the Dodgers and Giants as active suitors.

The Giants aren't known to have made a formal offer. But there have been indications this week that they may be willing to extend Ramirez a two-year offer. Previously, it was believed they weren't interested in signing Ramirez for more than one year.

Colletti said Tuesday that the Dodgers remain interested in Ramirez and haven't set any deadlines for signing him, "but that doesn't mean we're not going to have a deadline," he said. "These situations can change in an instant, and anybody can change them in an instant."

While Boras and the Dodgers stayed in touch, one of Ramirez's would-be Dodgers teammates said the team wants him back, but that he "isn't necessarily the difference between us winning or losing."

"Whether we have him or not, I think our team has got a good core and he just complements the rest of the guys," catcher Russell Martin said Wednesday during a visit to Children's Hospital Los Angeles with team owner Frank McCourt and other teammates.

"But he isn't necessarily the difference between us winning or losing. You can't just put all that on one person because a team is not one person. It's a unit, and you need everybody to do things to help you win. I think we can make the playoffs without him for sure."

"Knowing Scott Boras and the way he deals, I'm not surprised at all," Martin added. "We're just going to have to be patient. Everybody in L.A., I think, wants him on the team and every single guy on the team wants him here. But it's up to him to make that decision."

Jayson Stark is a senior baseball writer for Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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