Frank McCourt continues his attempt to build Boston West. He often gets Sox players past their prime. He also had a former manager until he realized too late that Grady Little may be a great guy but not the best manager.
Today, they traded for Manny Ramirez who has worn out his welcome in Beantown.
The Red Sox paid quite the price to be done with Manny. They pick up the rest of his salary for the year. Reports have them also sending out Brandon Moss and Craig Hansen to the Pirates in the 3-team trade. I liked Moss, but he didn’t seem to have a place on the Red Sox. He’ll get the shot he deserves with the Pirates. Hansen needed a change of location (Orel Hershiser’s analysis of his mechanical issues the other night was great by the way). The Pirates made out like bandits because they also picked up Andy LaRoche and Bryan Morris from the Dodgers. They got ripped off by the Yankees, so they made the Sox and Dodgers pay.
So far all the Sox receive is Jason Bay. That can’t be all. Really… Theo, you had to do better than that, right? Otherwise the Dodgers and Pirates really took advantage of their need to dump Manny and his bad attitude.
This is addition through subtraction in my view. Bay should benefit from being surrounded by better hitters, and may slide nicely into the 5 spot. Putting him right behind Ortiz may put too much pressure on the new guy.
Update: After Manny hit into a double play to end the Dodgers’ attempt to win, and Bay scored both Sox runs in a win we have this interesting tidbit from Gordon Edes:
Of all the Manny moments in Boston, the last ranks as one of the most confounding. Within an hour after Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein informed Manny Ramírez he had been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday, Ramírez’s agent, Scott Boras, called the Sox back, according to a source with direct knowledge of the negotiations. If the Sox dropped the option years on his contract – which they had agreed to do if they traded him – Boras said Ramírez would not be a problem the rest of the season.
For the Sox, the source said, Ramírez’s pledge of good behavior only served as a tacit admission that his disruptive conduct of the last couple of weeks had been calculated, and they had had good cause to suspect more was in the offing if they did not trade him. The Sox told him thanks but no thanks, what was done was done, and pack plenty of sunscreen.
And I missed this little part of Manny Being Nefarious.
“We were in a bit of a difficult circumstance and we made something good of it,” said Epstein, who was in Anaheim two weeks ago when Ramírez balked at boarding the bus taking the team to the airport and a flight to Seattle.
I’m guessing that makes the Dodgers’ fans really excited. Manny really didn’t want to go there- all a show, just like the last few weeks. Manny reveals himself to be a petulent, greedy man. He’s also a man who thinks of no one but himself- consistently avoiding opportunities to reach out to fans, especially the Jimmy Fund kids. This taints the fond memories I have of him as a ball player. Ted Williams, the greatest hitter who ever lived -IMO- was notoriously self-centered, but was a big supporter of the Jimmy Fund and baseball camps/clinics for kids. Manny … not even close.