Boston Red Sox Legend Manny Ramirez Has An Interesting Contract In Japan
The Boston Globe has found out some of the perks that former Boston Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez will get during his time playing in Japan for the Kochi Island Fighting Dogs of Japan’s independent league.
Manny Ramirez has arrived in Japan for spring training with the independent league Kochi Island Fighting Dogs, and the initial details of the 44-year-old’s interest in continuing his playing career are … fascinating. At a press conference at which his No. 99 jersey (identifying him simply as “Manny”), a translated summary of the proceedings on the Yakyudb.com website reveals that: 1) Ramirez will have use of a Mercedes and driver; 2) Practices are optional for him; 3) He’ll get a hotel suite on the road; and 4) He will receive unlimited sushi for the entire season.
Manny signed this contract with the Fighting Dogs last Thursday with the 44-year-old looking to mount a comeback in his playing career. The legendary Boston Red Sox player had one of the smoothest swings I have ever witnessed and his bat helped the Boston Red Sox win two World Series Championships in 2004 and in 2007.
Ramirez has worked hard this offseason to get back into playing shape and the potential future hall of famer is looking to continue to bolster his brand in foreign markets while making money at the same time. His list of perks in his contract is wild though, but “Manny being Manny” is brilliant at getting the most of teams at the negotiation table. To this date he has earned over $223 million in his career and is on tap to earn another $20 million in the next 10 years.
The $20 million happens to be courtesy of your Boston Red Sox, Ramirez was given $31 million in deferred payments as part of the eight-year, $160 million contract he signed with the Red Sox in December of 2000. The Sox will pay Ramirez through 2026, when he’ll be 54.