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04/13/09 3:51 PM ET

Manny shrugs off Cleveland musings

Slugger says he and Thome were 'just talking'

LOS ANGELES -- Manny Ramirez on Monday downplayed the significance of his weekend comments that he would enjoy a return to the Cleveland Indians at some point in his career.

"I would like to play for Cleveland one more time, to go back where I started," Ramirez told USA Today while in Phoenix for the weekend series with the D-backs. "I have so many good memories there, why not?

"I think to go back where you started is everyone's dream."

Ramirez said the idea was raised by his former Cleveland teammate, Jim Thome, and it wasn't meant to imply that he wanted to leave the Dodgers. Ramirez signed a two-year contract with the Dodgers last month, but can opt out of the second year.

"That was just me and Thome talking," Ramirez said Monday.

"Manny was very sincere when he brought that up to me," Thome told USA Today. "Manny was saying how special that would be for us to both go back together. He was very passionate. Baseball's such a weird thing. You never know what's going to happen."

Agent Scott Boras also dismissed the suggestion that Ramirez was laying the groundwork for leaving.

"Manny has been very happy in L.A. and will continue to be happy in L.A.," said Boras. "But he did enjoy his time in Cleveland. Manny notices the difference here than other places. If I came here and hit .400, I'd be comfortable."

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.