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Newly signed Dodger slugger Manny Ramirez is back in the swing of being a star player for the team. Last Saturday before a game against the Chicago White Sox at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona, Ramirez signed autographs for a group of eager fans. Ramirez is expected to help fill the seats in Dodger stadium as well as perform on the field.
Last week, after months of haggling and drama, Ramirez signed a new two-year $45 million deal. Under the contract, Ramirez reportedly will be paid $25 million this year and $20 million in 2010 with a chance to option out after the first year.
Ramirez really connected with the fans and the team last year. Now that the new deal is signed and done, the focus is on what kind of season Ramirez and the Dodgers will have in 2009. A lot of folks are hoping the guys in blue will go all the way to the World Series.