Yeah, you read that headline right. With all the money issues the Los Angeles Dodgers are having, this was probably the last headline the team’s fans wanted to see. Manny Ramirez, the disgraced, now-retired former slugger who angered every team he ever played for, is owed a huge chunk of cash by a team he hasn’t suited up for since August 29 of last year. And he’s due that $8.33 million by June 30.
A source has claimed that the Dodgers owe the money because when they traded him to the Chicago White Sox last season, Los Angeles ended up absorbing the bulk of the contract. He is additionally owed $8.33 million for 2012 and another $8.33 million in 2013. This, for a guy who retired in April after failing his second drug test in three seasons.
Dodgers owner Frank McCourt already had to draw advanced against the team’s corporate sponsorship deals to meet the team’s June 1 payroll, but USA Today has reported that he does have the funds to make his June 15 obligations.
The Dodgers have declined to comment on how much Ramirez is owed.
So McCourt sank a ton of dough into a whining, sulking power hitter who had set fire to virtually every bit of good will he was given, and now has to pay that guy while his franchise wallows in financial turmoil. Well, after the way McCourt handled the Bryan Stow situation we have this to say: couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.