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Red Sox Talking to Marlins about Manny

According to, 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.

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4 comments for “Red Sox Talking to Marlins about Manny”

  1. Not Hanley = Not Interested haha..

    No, I know there’s no way that could happen and a “Star for Star” trade just doesn’t seem likely, one can always wish…

    Posted by Dev | July 30, 2008, 8:48 pm
  2. Manny doesn’t want to be here and management has had enough. Clearly the two can’t coexist for another two months.

    I say trade him.

    The Yankees are making moves and trying to get better. If we just sit here with our thumb up our butt and sit back and watch the Yankees pass us and watch the Rays get Bay, then we deserve to lose.

    Hell, if anybody wants a prospect, then give them Craig Hansen. He sucks.

    ERA with RISP: 13.97.

    He can’t pitch in the majors. Period.

    Posted by Pete | July 31, 2008, 12:58 am
  3. Anyway…looks like the Jason Bay talks I heard a few days ago on WEEI had some validity. I would be satisfied with Bay and Grabow. It would solve the bullpen issue, and give a legit replacement for Manny.

    Posted by KC | July 31, 2008, 5:00 am
  4. throw in lugo

    Posted by jim | July 31, 2008, 8:30 am

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