Manny Ramirez is returning to the Dodgers next season.

The team said Friday that the slugger exercised his $20 million contract option for 2010. His agent, Scott Boras, informed general manager Ned Colletti of the decision, which Ramirez had until Tuesday to make.

He could have exercised an out-clause in the two-year, $45 million deal he signed in March.

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