From Dan Roche’s Red Sox Blog -
There have been all sorts of rumors and reports in the last week that the Red Sox are pushing hard to trade Manny Ramirez.
Ramirez has never said in public that he wants to be traded. But Wednesday night at an event in Warwick, Rhode Island, Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling confirmed the rumors – he said Manny wants out of Boston.
“I think Manny is less than comfortable playing in Boston for whatever reason, that’s his right. I think it’s gotten to the point now where there’s some thought that even though Manny might stay, he might not be here if he does. And I think the belief is that trading Manny and bringing somebody in would be more valuable than having a Manny here that didn’t play. I don’t know that to be a fact. That is pure speculation on my part” Schilling said.
“I live with the guys, I have some insight. I don’t know for sure. I do know that I’ve spoken with Manny. Manny does want to be traded. Manny wants to play somewhere else.”
Keep talking Curt. It makes it harder for Theo to get a good return – because he loses leverage.