TRADING MANNY IS RIGHT ON
Poor Manny Ramirez. He didn’t get his tickets so he pushed down the elderly Red Sox travel secretary. He then implored him to “Just do your job!”. Apparently Manny doesn’t heed to that mandate.
He doesn’t want to shut up and play. He wants to–in the middle of a fierce pennant race–tell everyone how awesome he is and how Boston is such a bad place. “The Red Sox don’t deserve a player like me,” Ramirez said. “During my years here, I’ve seen how they [the Red Sox] have mistreated other great players when they didn’t want them to try to turn the fans against them.
“The Red Sox did the same with guys like Nomar Garciaparra and Pedro Martinez, and now they do the same with me. Their goal is to paint me as the bad guy,” Ramirez added. “I love Boston fans, but the Red Sox don’t deserve me. I’m not talking about money. Mental peace has no price, and I don’t have peace here.”
Hmm. See, here’s the thing. They were right about both those players and they are right about trying to deal Manny. Both Nomar and Pedro did the deep fade after leaving the Red Sox. And Manny? He’s now 36 and his numbers are not as they used to be. His OPS was only .881 last year, and he hit just 20 homers. This year it is .927. His career average is .999. No doubt he’s still a force offensively and he dominated in the postseason last year. But…
The Red Sox hold 2 option years on Manny. Do you think they want to pay a moody 37 & 38 year-old declining hitter $40 mill? No. It’s the smartest thing ever to try and get something of value for him while they can.
That something is said to be Pirates outfielder Jason Bay, via a 3-way deal with the Marlins. Bay had a down season in ’07 but is back on track this year. He’s a huge upgrade defensively–23 assists in 2006 & 2007–and he gets on base while also hitting for average and power. He turns 30 this September.
Younger. Better defensively. Cheaper. Getting something for an aging, brooding player. If you are a Red Sox fan, how can you not like this deal?
[tags]Boston Red Sox, Manny Ramirez, Jason Bay, MLB, Pittsburgh Pirates[/tags]