Over the weekend when the Red Sox played the Yankees, Red Sox GM Theo Epstein was interviewed during the broadcast by Joe Buck. During that interview he revealed that the Red Sox would be open to trading Manny Ramirez if they got the right offer and if Manny allowed them to. (Manny has a no trade clause).
Yesterday before their final game in the Yankees series, Manny stated that he wouldn’t block a deal to ESPN:
“I’m tired of them. They’re tired of me,” Ramirez said, according to The Associated Press, before Sunday night’s 9-2 victory over the New York Yankees.
In an interview with ESPNdeportes.com earlier Sunday, Ramirez said he will not block a trade if the Red Sox want to go in that direction.
“If the Red Sox are a better team without Manny Ramirez, they should trade me; I will not object,” he said.
“I don’t have any preferences. I could choose a team that offers me the best conditions or one in the chase for the postseason. I don’t care where I play, I can even play in Iraq if need be. My job is to play baseball,” Ramirez added.
I don’t buy it.
Manny was a huge part of this teams success over the last few years. Sure they could deal him and get some young talent but if they are serious about trying to make the playoffs this season, they won’t do a damn thing. I think they will probably hold on to him and he will finally get his groove back and start hitting and they will make the playoffs. Once they do that, all this talk of trading him will go away (until next year).
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