ESPN – A baseball source has confirmed Ramirez has been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, ESPN.com has learned. The Red Sox will pay remaining $7 million of Ramirez’s contract, ESPN.com’s Peter Gammons reported.
Third baseman Andy LaRoche and right-handed pitcher Bryan Morris will go to the Pirates from the Dodgers. Outfielder Brandon Moss and right-handed pitcher Craig Hansen will leave the Red Sox organization for Pittsburgh, ESPN.com has learned.
So it’s the end of an era in Beantown. The Boston Red Sox finally traded Manny Ramirez.
This deal really surprises me. Even with all of the rumors, I really didn’t expect to see a Manny Ramirez deal to go down. I guess it’s probably for the best though. Things seemed like they were getting hot and the Sox do seem like they finally fed up with Manny.
The feelings appear to be mutual. Manny had these comments after being traded.
“The Red Sox don’t deserve a player like me,” Ramirez told ESPNdeportes.com Wednesday. “During my years here, I’ve seen how they [the Red Sox] have mistreated other great players when they didn’t want them to try to turn the fans against them.
“The Red Sox did the same with guys like Nomar Garciaparra and Pedro Martinez, and now they do the same with me. Their goal is to paint me as the bad guy,” Ramirez added. “I love Boston fans, but the Red Sox don’t deserve me. I’m not talking about money. Mental peace has no price, and I don’t have peace here.”
Agreed Manny. This trade reminds me of when the Yankees turned their back on Joe Torre last season.
All Manny did was helped them to 2 World Series titles. It is what it is though.
Jason Bay has been a good player for a while now in Pittsburgh but he didn’t get any attention because he plays for the Pirates. At 29 they get a younger moderately good hitter. He’s no Manny but he’s nothing to sneeze at. This season he is right on par with Manny in terms of stats.
Bay’s .299 BA, 20 HR, 68 RBI season numbers look similar to Manny’s .282 Avg, 22 HR, 64 RBI numbers.
This deal helps all three of the teams involved but none of them will make the playoffs this season. Look for the Rays and the Yankees to make the playoffs from the AL East.
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