According to people who have spoken to the eccentric outfielder since he was dealt to L.A. on July 31, Ramirez wants to sign a free-agent deal with the Yankees this offseason and get 19 chances a year to punish Boston.Manny doesn't seem like a grudge-holding kind of guy. Plus, Boston gave him what he apparently wanted -- the opportunity to be a free agent after this season.
"He wants to play for the Yankees so he can get at the Red Sox," a close friend of Ramirez's told The Post.
Meanwhile, it looks like Dan Shaughnessy's claim that Bud Selig's office "is investigating the circumstances of Manny's final hours with the Red Sox" (a supposed scoop that he buried in the 13th paragraph of his Friday column) is bogus.
Fellow Globe writer Amalie Benjamin states that "'investigation' might be too strong a word" and the Herald reports that "multiple baseball sources indicated yesterday that a formal investigation into the Manny Ramirez trade was never launched".