• Manny Being…….Gone?

    Posted by on November 27th, 2006 · Comments (5)

    From ESPN.com -

    The Red Sox are aggressively shopping outfielder Manny Ramirez now, according to major league sources, at a time when the slugger’s trade value has peaked, and there is a sense among some executives that their trade talks are gaining momentum.

    “I wouldn’t be shocked if the Red Sox traded him by Saturday,” says one big league official.

    Rest assured, if this dream comes true, I will comment on it at that time.

    Comments on Manny Being…….Gone?

    1. #15
      November 28th, 2006 | 7:23 am

      What kind of malignancy must this guy be that the Botox have tried, and failed, to dump him just about every year since they signed him? The guy can flat out mash. He’s probably the best right hand hitter in the AL and it’s a coin flip between him and Pujols for best in the majors (Albert strikes out less, but it’s damn close). Aside from the extracurricular issues, who would you rather have up with the game on the line, Manny or A-Rod? Simple answer IMHO is Manny, and it’s not even close. Factor in A-Rod’s, historically, solid glove work, and it gets closer. Factor in that A-Rod cost the Yankees ~ $4MM less per year, and it gets closer. But, we are still talking about one of the elite hitters of his generation. Plus, Papi sems to love him, and I can’t think of a tougher one-two punch in baseball for a long, long time.

    2. rbj
      November 28th, 2006 | 9:26 am

      Boston must be thinking that with J.D. Drew on board, Manny is expendable. Still can have a solid one-two punch, plus you can fill in some gaps with trading Manny.

    3. MJ
      November 28th, 2006 | 9:39 am

      Boston must be thinking that with J.D. Drew on board, Manny is expendable. Still can have a solid one-two punch, plus you can fill in some gaps with trading Manny.
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      I’ll probably get roasted alive for this one but this is one of those cases where I just have to say that stats only tell half the story on JD Drew. JD can’t replace Manny in that lineup, despite the glowing OPS and all that other stuff. Pitchers are genuinely afraid of Papi/Manny. I don’t think pitchers and managers will hesitate for a second to pitch to JD Drew. I am sure the Red Sox will get some nice toys to play with for dumping Manny (starting pitching, relief pitching, young players, etc.) but the Papi/Manny duo is the engine that moves the Red Sox. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the Red Sox went into the tank after August 21st when Manny drove in 1 RBI for the rest of the year…

    4. Raf
      November 28th, 2006 | 10:49 am

      I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the Red Sox went into the tank after August 21st when Manny drove in 1 RBI for the rest of the year…
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      The pitching fell apart. Can’t do much when you’re 11th in the league in ERA.

      Anyway, JD’s problem is that he can’t stay healthy. He won’t be a direct replacement for Manny, but he’s capable when healthy. Which isn’t very likely. But if the Sox are intent on doing this, go right ahead; it’s better for the Yanks :)

    5. rmd0311
      November 28th, 2006 | 11:27 am

      As much as I would love not having the 1-2 punch of Manny/Papi… I think that Boston is making a HUGE mistake. A bat like Manny’s is irreplaceable.

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