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05/09/09 5:02 PM ET
Suspension savings smaller than first thought
Ramirez will lose $2.37 million this year, $6.8 million overall
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers won't save $7.7 million this season with Manny Ramirez's 50-game suspension as originally reported but instead will save a total closer to $6.8 million over four years and just $2.37 million this year. Ramirez's $25 million salary for this season is spread over four years with $10 million coming this year and $5 million without interest over the next three seasons. That means that Dodgers will save $2.73 million this season, which is nearly $5 million less this year than originally reported. The Dodgers will save about $1.37 million the next three seasons, however. Ramirez loses on out $6.8 million instead of $7.7 million because players are paid over 183 days instead of 162 games. It is still unclear how the Dodgers plan to spend that money this season, if at all.
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.