ESPN - McCarver: Ramirez's lack of commitment with Red Sox 'despicable' - MLB I'm glad to see that not everyone covering baseball is covering up what Ramirez did this season Someone will probably pay Manny the $100 million he's asking, and hope that he feels like playing for the duration of the contract. But given his experience here they shouldn't hold their breath. Manny will play hard, until he doesn't feel like playing hard anymore. And if his feelings should get hurt, or he should decide that $20 million or $25 million a season has him underpaid, he'll fake an injury and refuse to play until he gets his way. This isn't idle speculation - Ramirez effectively admits it and his play certainly shows that he wasn't giving his all here - though was perfectly happy to accept $20 million a year for doing so. So hopefully this just gives a few team owners some pause before they give him what he wants.