July 30, 2005

Mets Would Absorb Manny's Contract, But Sox Refuse To Send Hanley To Rays

The Daily News reports the Manny deal is alive -- barely. But it will quickly die if Tampa Bay keeps insisting on getting Hanley Ramirez from the Sox.
Mets owner Fred Wilpon signed off today on absorbing the entire $64 million remaining on Manny Ramirez's contract, the Daily News has learned, an absolute condition on the part of the Red Sox, who would have received Mike Cameron, Aaron Heilman and former first-round draft pick Lastings Milledge from the Mets, and Aubrey Huff from the Devil Rays. ...

"This thing can get done if Chuck [Lamar] stops overreaching," said one official familiar with the negotiations. ...

The initial driving force behind the spirited discussions had been Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino, who had been incensed by Manny Ramirez's recent behavior ... Lucchino's willingness to part with Ramirez ... had created a division within the Sox hierarchy. GM Theo Epstein and other front-office personnel were against trading Ramirez, realizing that would be the start of a need to retool the entire team.

Cooler heads seemed to prevail in Boston late Friday, signaling Ramirez would stay in Boston, then talks reheated today.
No way the Sox lose Hanley, but I believe the Sox would like to move Manny before he becomes a 10/5 man. That is likely more important to the front office than Manny's "antics". ... And if the only stumbling block is that Tampa is demanding Boston's top prospect -- and I'm not sure that it is -- I think this deal will happen in some form.

Also, the story has some funny stuff from Pedro, who told the paper that "Ramirez's wife Juliana has been uncomfortable in Boston and a driving force behind his dissatisfaction there." ... I haven't seen that reported anywhere else.


MrFenstein said...

I don't understand why they're keeping him (H. Ramirez). It doesn't make any sense to me. My reasons are at my blog if you care to read them.

mouse said...

Greedy much, Tampa Bay?

I think I saw the guys on ESPN saying it was hard for a team like Tampa to deal. It'd be true enough if it were just that it's a small market team, but no one ever mentions how demanding the TB office is. They were set to get four good prospects in that deal, but it still wasn't enough for them. Ridiculous.

That Zambrano-Kazmir deal seems to have made the Rays think they can get away with anything.