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According to ESPN.com, the Red Sox are now engaged in serious discussions with the Florida Marlins involving OF Manny Ramirez. Ramirez makes $20 million this season, which is nearly as much as the entire Marlins roster ($22 million). But, Manny would simply be a two-month rental to help the Marlins overtake the Mets and Phillies for a playoff berth in a tight NL East race.
If the Red Sox make a deal with the Marlins, it is likely they would kick in money to offset Ramirez’s salary, and they would look for three young players in return — perhaps outfielder Jeremy Hermida or outfielder Josh Willingham, plus pitchers.
So now, the Red Sox have at least had discussions with the Mets, Dodgers, Phillies and Marlins about Ramirez, but a deal still remains unlikely.
Update: ESPN’s Buster Olney is reporting that the Sox and Marlins are now talking over a three-way deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The other players aren’t clear yet, but Manny would end up in Florida and OF Jason Bay would leave Pittsburgh for Boston. This would be a key coup for the Sox because the Tampa Bay Rays are also in on Bay.
As the Red Sox, Marlins and Pirates discuss a possible three-way deal for Manny Ramirez, the sides also are discussing lefty reliever John Grabow’s moving from Pittsburgh to the Red Sox. The current sticking point, according to a well-placed source, is that the Marlins want the Red Sox to add a prospect to their take in the deal.
The trade deadline is Thursday at 4 p.m. EST.