Done deal: Manny a Dodger


GMs Ned Colletti and Neal Huntington are turning cartwheels right about now. In about as last minute as a deadline trade can be, the Red Sox finally unloaded Manny Ramirez in a three-way deal with the Pirates and Dodgers. He will exchange his red socks for blue, the Pirates will gather a lot of prospects and OF Jason Bay will be headed to Boston to replace Ramirez on their roster. As part of the deal, Ramirez’s two one-year options will be void, and he has agreed to decline arbitration with Los Angeles this winter. Scott Boras is also doing cartwheels over his new free agent-to-be.

The Red Sox paid a very high price to lose Ramirez; not only did they ship him along with $7M to cover the rest of his 2008, but they also chipped in Brandon Moss and Craig Hansen to make this deal happen. Talk about motivated sellers. And yet in a way, the players who are left behind are turning silent cartwheels too, because the distraction is finally gone. They can get back to playing and enjoying baseball.

Bay will slide into the 3rd slot and probably give 75-90% of what the Sox could have gotten from Manny these last two months, and he has plus range in left. He will get to many balls that might otherwise fall, though he’s had a lot fewer assists this season and been rated below average recently by some metrics. And while I am sad to see Moss and Hansen go, the Sox won’t miss them terribly in the big picture, since they do have Bobby Kielty, Chris Carter and Bryce Cox, who fill somewhat similar roles. Even the $7M payment will be more than made up for next year, when Bay earns just $7.5M for the whole season. So even though they paid a lot, it won’t really cost them that much.

The Dodgers gained the big bat they thought they were getting in Andruw Jones this year. Manny could make all the difference in the NL West pennant race. They gave up top 3B prospect Andy LaRoche, who has struggled with injuries this year (and was supplanted by Blake DeWitt), as well as minor league pitcher Bryan Morris. That price tag doesn’t seem so bad, however, if you consider that they will certainly garner two compensatory picks when Ramirez leaves this offseason.

The Pirates are the real winners in this deal, if you ask me. Bay is a good player and an All-Star, but even at age 29 his knees are not guaranteed for long. He’s not a guy you want to sign long-term. Instead of him, they get a top 3B prospect in LaRoche, a potential starting OF in Moss and two young pitchers. Hansen could help them now in the bullpen, while Morris could eventually start. Considering the other deadline deals this year, this is a very good haul for someone like Bay. Props to Huntington and his team for seeing an opportunity and pulling this off.

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3 Responses to Done deal: Manny a Dodger

  1. j says:

    The Tampa Bay press conference after the trading deadline had come and passed.

    Enter the PRESS

    REPORTER ONE
    Of playing men our rivals have full rosters and more.

    REPORTER TWO

    There’s six, Bay, Nady, Teixiera, Griffey, Marte and Pudge our rivals add to our none; besides, they all are fresh.

    REPORTER THREE

    God’s arm strike with us! ’tis a fearful odds.
    God be wi’ you, beat writers all; I’ll to my charge:
    If we no more meet till we meet in heaven,
    Then, joyfully, my ink stained wretches,
    And my kind kinsman, warriors all, adieu!

    REPORTER TWO

    Farewell, kind reporter; right valiantly to-day:
    And yet I do thee wrong to mind thee of it,
    For thou art framed of the firm truth of valour.

    Enter the MANAGER

    REPORTER THREE

    O that we now had here
    But one more bat from Pittsburgh or one arm from Seattle
    That do no work to-day!

    JOE MADDON

    What’s he that wishes so?
    My cousin the press? No, my fair cousin:
    If we are mark’d to lose, we are enow
    To do our city loss; and if to win,
    The fewer players, the greater share of honour.
    God’s will! I pray thee, wish not one glove or bat more.
    By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
    Nor care I who doth dl upon my cost;
    It yearns me not if men my garments wear;
    Such outward things dwell not in my desires:
    But if it be a sin to covet honour,
    I am the most offending soul alive.
    No, faith, my coz, wish not for a player from Pittsburgh or Cincinnati:
    God’s peace! I would not lose so great an honour
    As one player more, methinks, would share from me
    For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one bat more!
    Rather proclaim it, the press, through the league,
    That the fan which hath no stomach to this fight,
    Let him depart; his passport shall be made
    And crowns for convoy put into his purse:
    We would not lose in that fan’s company
    That fears his fellowship to lose with us.
    This day starts the pennant race:
    He that wins the race, and comes safe home,
    Will stand a tip-toe when the day is named,
    And rouse him at the name of the pennant race.
    He that shall win this pennant, and see old age,
    Will yearly on the World Series feast his neighbours,
    And say ‘To-morrow is the World Series’
    Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars.
    And say ‘These wounds I had on the pennant race.’
    Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot,
    But he’ll remember with advantages
    What feats he did that day: then shall our names.
    Familiar in his mouth as household words
    Joe the manager, Crawford and Kazmir,
    Percival and Shields, Navarra and Longoria,
    Be in their flowing cups freshly remember’d.
    This story shall the good man teach his son;
    And the pennant race shall ne’er go by,
    From this day to the ending of the world,
    But we in it shall be remember’d;
    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
    For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
    Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
    This day shall gentle his condition:
    And gentlemen in New York and Boston now a-bed
    Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
    And hold their manhoods cheap while any speaks
    That fought with us upon this pennant race.

  2. redsoxtalk says:

    Uh.. Thanks, I think. The Manny trade is of least concern to Tampa, as our offense actually got worse. It’s just the clubhouse problem that was solved.

  3. j says:

    hey thanks for not throwing me off the thread.
    God I hope somebody got worse cause Tampa Bay didn’t get better

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