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Manny Ramirez is destroying the ball since joining the L.A. Dodgers, and since having his final two option years dropped. He’s hitting .565 (13-23) with four HRs and nine RBI in six games. All of a sudden his knees don’t hurt. All of a sudden he’s playing hard. All of a sudden…he and Scott Boras are being investigated by Major League Baseball.
The Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy reports that Bug Selig has asked MLB executive VP Rob Manfred to interview all parties involved (Manny, Boras, Sox Management) to find out what exactly happened during the final hours before the MLB trade deadline. More from Shaughnessy:
Feeling a little duped (by Manny), Red Sox Nation? Still wondering if this whole thing was on the level?
You are not alone. The commissioner’s office is investigating the circumstances of Manny’s final hours with the Red Sox. The Globe has learned (from a source with direct knowledge of the inquiry) that Bud Selig directed Major League Baseball executive vice president Rob Manfred to contact all parties for an explanation of how things unfolded around last week’s trading deadline. According to the source, Manfred has yet to report back to the commissioner.
Selig thinks that Scott Boras may have played a role in Manny playing at half speed over his final month in a Red Sox uniform. If the Sox picked up the option years, then Manny would make $20 million and Scott Boras would make nothing because it wasn’t his contract. Thus, it was in the best interest of Manny and Boras if the Sox did not pick up the options.
After the trade, the Globe reported that Boras called the Sox and said Manny would stay and play hard for the rest of this year if the club merely dropped the options.
So what happens after an investigation like this? Can Manny be suspended for not trying hard enough? Can he be fined by Major League Baseball? You know the player’s union would step in on this matter. We will see what happens…