Dodgers Make Huge Offer To Manny

DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) - The Dodgers have made a pitch to slugger Manny Ramirez as they try to keep the slugger in Los Angeles.

General Manager Ned Colletti says the Dodgers' pitch to the free-agent outfielder would give him the second-highest average salary in the sport behind Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

Rodriguez currently has the top average at $27.5 million under the 10-year deal he agreed to before last season. Mets pitcher Johan Santana is second at $22.9 million under the six-season deal he agreed to this year.

Ramirez hit .396 with 17 homers and 53 RBIs in 53 games for the Dodgers after being acquired from Boston on July 31st. He's coming off a $160 million, eight-year contract he signed with the Red Sox before the 2001 season.

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