I get the feeling that he wants to stay in Boston, but I also get the feeling that he wants to know what the direction of the team is going to be. ... Manny wants the team to get better, and he is concerned. ...The source also said that the story of Manny switching agents was a "crock".
They may have already made conscious decisions to let some players go, they may say that they're trying to bring somebody back. Manny just wants to be able to give his opinion on certain things. He's an important part of the team, and like any star player on the team, he at least wants to know what they're planning. ...
He's given me every indication he's happy where he is. He's upset that the Red Sox lost in the playoffs and he's upset that everyone's been talking about him when they shouldn't be focused on him."
Here's some silliness from Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record, headlined "Yankee Doodle Manny?"
Can you envision Manny Ramirez, the American League's most dangerous, late-inning threat from the right side, wearing pinstripes in 2006? None other than Ramirez himself has ... [telling] friends in the final weeks of the regular season he would accept, if not welcome, a trade to either New York team ...Please. Theo is not trading Manny to his team's main rival.
Ramirez is "definitely ready to come to New York," said the friend, who dined with the left fielder during the Sox' road series against the Yankees. "He likes the Yankees, the Mets, either one, he just wants to be here."