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Monday, August 04, 2008

Manny Wants To Finish His Career As A Dodger And Other Manny Silliness

According to the Daily News, Manny Ramirez wants to finish his career as a Dodger:
"I want to stay here," Ramriez said. "At the end of the season, we'll find out if the Dodgers want me to finish my career here. We're going to sit down and talk about the situation."
There was also a Boston Globe story indicating Manny had contacted the Red Sox after the trade to tell them he wanted to stay with that team that was subsequently denied by agent Scott Boras:
Manny Ramírez's agent, Scott Boras, denied yesterday that he spoke to the Red Sox Thursday within an hour after Ramírez was informed he'd been traded to the Dodgers, in an effort to keep the outfielder in Boston.

A story in Saturday's Globe, citing a source with direct knowledge of the trade negotiations, indicated that Boras asked the Sox to take away the two option years on Ramírez's contract in exchange for the left fielder's word that he would play hard and be a good teammate the remainder of the season.

"I never contacted the Red Sox after the deal was made," Boras said.

How about before?

"Theo [Epstein] and I had many discussions," Boras said. "Both parties agreed that it was in the best interest of everyone involved for Manny to move forward." Boras did not address whether the dropping of the options was discussed in his earlier conversations with Epstein.

And via boston.com's Extra Bases blog, this:

Update: Jon Heyman at Sports Illustrated has more on how the Manny trade went down:

Only three teams wanted [Manny], and as it turns out only one of those three was willing to return enough to Boston to make it work. It didn't hurt that the one team happy to do the deal was run by a Bostonian, Frank McCourt, who makes it a hobby to collect ex-Red Sox players for his Dodgers. Sources say McCourt was extremely involved in this trade, and that he in fact was the driving force behind it, no surprise since he previously added ex-Red Sox Nomar Garciaparra, Derek Lowe, Bill Mueller and Grady Little.

But word was going around baseball that McCourt's Dodgers were difficult to deal with, that McCourt pulled back a trade for CC Sabathia, that the Dodgers had too many chiefs running the team and that they were too protective of every last youngster. One of many anti-Dodger columns was written here. But the Dodgers ultimately would prove me, as well as several others, wrong.

Update 2: Via BTF, John Henry may be taking it in the shorts, thanks to the shorts — commodity shorts, that is. That wouldn't explain why they wanted to unload Manny Ramirez, though.

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