Finally, a realistic Manny trade

Will Carroll, who began the Manny Ramirez to the Fish drama last night, has an update. According to him, a three-way deal between the Red Sox, Marlins and Pirates is in its “final stages”. In this scenario, here’s what each team would get:

Boston: OF Jason Bay and LHP John Grabow
Florida: OF Manny Ramirez, cash and a prospect from Boston
Pittsburgh: OF Jeremy Hermida and some prospects from Florida and Boston

This is the first scenario that seems to make sense to me, as Bay is a far more polished hitter than Hermida at this point, and a better substitute for Ramirez. Joe Frisaro at echoes Carroll’s sentiments, lending it some further credence. I think this could work out for all teams involved.

However, a HUGE warning flag is that all of these players were in their lineups tonight. Rather, 1B Mike Jacobs was pulled from the Marlins lineup tonight. If the deal were truly close, they should all have sat. So I say that this has one chance in three or four of happening by the 4PM deadline tomorrow.

UPDATE: Pinch me. Will Carroll reports that the three teams have reached an agreement and contacted the Commissioner’s Office about it. The last (and not trivial) matter is to decide what prospects swap sides and get all the paperwork done by 4PM. This deal could still fall through, but it’s starting to look like it’s hasta la vista, Manny.


4 Responses to Finally, a realistic Manny trade

  1. redsoxtalk says:

    As far as who we should give up, Florida is getting two compensatory picks for Manny after the season, so they would require at most a mid-level prospect or a depth player. Maybe they would take Kason Gabbard, Charlie Zink or Devern Hansack? The Marlins want a catcher, so one of George Kottaras or Dusty Brown could be made available.

    Pittsburgh should get one good prospect and a mid-level from the Fish, and perhaps a mid-level from us. I’m sure they’d be happy to take one of the above pitchers from us.

  2. redsoxtalk says:

    With the Marlins having just traded for Arthur Rhodes, would they turn around and package him with Hermida to send him to Boston?

  3. redsoxtalk says:

    One hour left, and most news outlets are saying that this 3-way deal is dead, and the Pirates are going to shop Bay to the Rays. Now the Sox are focusing on a deal with the Dodgers for Andre Ethier and probably a reliever. Hong-Chih Kuo would be an awesome pickup, but I don’t think the Dodgers will let him go. Though not ideal, Joe Beimel could be a target.

  4. redsoxtalk says:

    It’s rumored that the Marlins wanted the Sox to pay more than Manny’s remaining $7M salary, and the Red Sox balked. That Jeffrey Loria is such a cheapskate!

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