Many, Manny trade rumors
We’ve all played this game for how many years now? Every winter, Manny is getting traded. Every spring, he reports to Fort Myers with a new hairstyle and the same goofy look on his face.
Guess what — the game is over. I really think Manny is getting traded this time around. All signs are pointing toward it.
All the big bats (Soriano, Lee, Sheffield) have been signed or traded for big dollars, and there is Manny, a big bat — a monster bat — and readily available.
Buster Olney of ESPN.com — a writer and blogger who has taken his game to another level over the last couple of years — cites MLB sources who think Manny could be gone by Saturday. But alas, these things always drag out a little longer than we expect.
I’m thinking that all the proposals get done this week, and the final package is produced during the Winter Meetings next week in Orlando. How fitting that Goofy Manny could get traded right in the heart of Disney World.
Isn’t it amazing how much different public reaction is on this matter now than a year ago at this time? Remember that Keep Manny website that thousands of people posted on last winter? Where are those people now?
Manny’s time has finally run its course in Boston it seems. He played his butt off for the first four months of last season but basically shut it down once his team began to fall out of the race. I know for a fact that he lost some respect in the clubhouse during that time. Even a former teammate and close friend such as Kevin Millar openly mocked Manny to his face in late September, making fun of his knee injury. I’m thinking Millar might have been a little more sensitive if Manny had a real serious injury, but that’s just a theory.
Even Big Papi David Ortiz no longer rushes to Manny’s defense. I saw a great TV interview with Dan Roche the other night when he told Ortiz he had a tough question for him. Ortiz said, "Bring it on."
Roche said, and I paraphrase, "Are the Red Sox better off with or without Manny?"
That was all it took for Papi to retract the "Bring it on."
With a pained look on his face, Ortiz said, "Can you ask me another tough question?" Papi wanted no part of answering this question. Then Ortiz said that fans should never forget what Manny has done for the Red Sox. In other words, David was saying that Manny’s legacy in Boston should be secure, but he certainly didn’t beg for the Red Sox to keep Manny as he’s done in years past.
Quite frankly, this is a baseball marriage that seems to be coming to an end. Manny won a World Series in Boston. He drove in countless big runs. He hit jaw-dropping home runs. But there was always the unpredictability and the change in moods and the chance that Manny just might hit the off button for a few days in the middle of a pennant race.
So now the Red Sox will stack up the offers against each other. In this market, Manny’s salary no longer looks daunting. So they get maybe a shutdown reliever and some prospects and either keep that package or ship it off somewhere else for, say, Andruw Jones?
The next few days are going to be high drama as the Manny being Manny act might finally be writing its final few chapters in Boston.