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I empathize with Braves GM Frank Wren, but ultimately, I feel he’s being childish. I don’t for a second believe that the Braves are going to follow through and ignore every single Wasserman client (which includes current Brave Peter Moylan, among others) from here on out. It’s just bravado; saving face in the wake of being publicly humiliated by Rafael Furcal and his agents. It’s the same sort of bravado Dodger GM Ned Colletti displayed when J.D. Drew and Scott Boras caught Colletti with his pants down. He too claimed he would “never deal with” Boras again. Yet, there’s a contract offer floating around from the Dodgers to Boras client Manny Ramirez.

Again, I won’t deny their anger, but really, business is business. Until Furcal’s signature appeared on the bottom of a contract, nothing was, well, nothing. It may be in bad faith, it may even be unethical, but it certainly wasn’t illegal for (Furcal agent) Paul Kinzer to ask for a term sheet (apparently recognized as the step immediately prior to finalization of a deal) and then use it as leverage to get a better deal from the Dodgers.

In fact, for once, it shows due diligence on the part of Dodger GM Ned Colletti. The agent claims theres “another offer?” Well, let’s SEE that other offer!

I remember the fiasco that was Kevin Brown’s signing — with Scott Boras ultimately getting the Dodgers to bid against themselves, since the “other offers” Boras spoke about were non-existent. In fact, what’s going on the Mark Teixiera fun-for-all is probably the exact same thing — Boras is probably trying to get the Angels, Nationals, et. al., to all bid against themselves — prompting a flat-out denial on the part of Red Sox owner John Henry.

We often forget that sports, for as much as our hearts are in invested in it, is and always will be a business first. The athletes, the clubs, everyone is in it to get theirs. So when Rafael Furcal is doing his best to get his, really, we can’t be surprised.

When Elton Brand did his best to get his, I wasn’t surprised — although I do take a littleĀ  bit of snide satisfaction that his defection to a “title contender” hasn’t exactly panned out.

Blame the agents if you must, blame the players, but don’t blame the game. Mainly because the game is always and always will be business, never personal.

Dioner Navarro

Edwin Jackson

Willy Aybar

Not to mention Justin Ruggiano, Joel Guzman, and Sergio Pedroza. Okay, maybe I don’t miss those three THAT much. But Jackson, Aybar, and Navarro … so, who did Ned Colletti get in return for these guys again?

Did these guys get LaRoched? Or did they get Hee-Seop Choid? Or did Andy LaRoche get Navarrod?

And then there was the one who got away …

Not too many remember this, but David Price, he of striking out J.D. Drew with the bases loaded and the go-ahead run on first fame, was nearly a Dodger.

He was picked in the 19th round of the 2004 amateur draft, the same draft that produced Blake DeWitt, Scott Elbert, and Cory Wade. However, Price never signed, along with other future standouts such as Joe Savery (15th round) and Jeff Larish (13th round).

But hey, that’s like, four years ago. Still, imagine a 2009 rotation of Billingsley – Kershaw – Price – McDonald – Kuroda. DROOL.

This is from ESPN’s Jayson Stark:

Life sure is beautiful these days on Planet Manny. Uhhh, a little too beautiful.

Hey, we couldn’t be happier for those Los Angeles Dodgers, who are selling about 30,000 tickets a day now that they’ve moved their home games to Planet Manny. But we’d like to ask one little question of all those people in L.A. who are showering their man Manny Ramirez with so much love:

What the heck are you cheering for?

For a man who decided his personal net worth was more important than an entire franchise and all the people who played with him, covered for him, depended on him? Sheez. How sad is that?

“It really bothers me,” one GM said this week of the Manny-mania lovefest that has unfolded in L.A. “What he did in Boston was criminal. Now he goes there, and everything’s OK? No, sir. It doesn’t change the fact that how he got there was criminal.”

If I’m understanding this correctly, Dodger fans should feel bad that Manny is OPSing 1.430 since he arrived in L.A.? Dodger fans should feel bad that all of a sudden a 6-1 deficit to the NL East-leading Phillies turned into a 7-6 win? Dodger fans should feel bad that Manny wanted out of Boston?

Tell you what, Boston. I don’t feel bad for you at all. After all, the Red Sox and Scott Boras helped J.D. Drew finagle his way out of the option portion of his contract with L.A. And now I’m supposed to sympathize with Boston? Why? It’s not like Boston had to rid themselves of Manny. The guy only had a 1.030 July OPS (4 HR/16 RBI), so contrary to popular belief, Manny wasn’t dogging it in order to “force” a trade.

Theo Epstein and company evidently decided that Manny’s obvious production wasn’t worth the bother. That’s their loss, and the Dodgers’ gain. Nothing against Jason Bay, but really, Manny’s a first-ballot HOFer, and Jason Bay, is well, doing a good job of upholding that fine Canadian baseball tradition. If you follow Stark’s logic, Rangers fans ought not to cheer for Milton Bradley, considering how he “forced” his way out of L.A.

If anything, articles such as this one reek of sour grapes. Boston inexplicably trades away one of the best RH hitters of this generation, and now we ought to feel bad for them? Should we be rewarding incompetence — really, it is — with sympathy? The Red Sox’ loss is the Dodgers’ gain — and Dodger fans don’t need to feel guilty for it. Manny was just being Manny, to borrow a phrase. It wasn’t his fault, or Dodger fans’ fault that Boston thinks Jason Bay is a better asset to hold.

Seriously, Jayson Stark. We’re supposed to feel bad about this?

I don’t!