If a year ago you said Manny Ramirez would be playing for Joe Torre and with Nomar I would have told it is more likely Manny will get in a fight with Johnny Drama in the next season of Entourage where they would eventually hug it out and the episode would end in a chorus of "VICTORY!" Somehow this has happened. Manny goes to LA, the Sox getting Jason Bay, and the Pirates raked in 4 average prospects. It was clear Manny was ready to go and I am glad the Sox traded him as I could foresee Manny phoning in the rest of the season alla '06 just out of pure spite. Also the Red Sox have been playing awful as of late and I think they will start to play better this week with changes in the lineup and an easier schedule.
I have two qualms about this trade. How has this helped the Red Sox biggest weakness, the bullpen? I have been saying for weeks that they needed help and Theo has provided them with nothing.
How do you pick up Manny's salary ($7 million) AND give the pirates Moss and Hansen. Moss and Hansen are not the best prospects, but definitely OK. These prospects could have been used for bullpen help. The money was included when they were talking to the Marlins which is understandable, but the prospects were not. The Dodgers could and should pay Manny. How do do you give up the best player and spend the most money in a three team deal? Theo explain yourself.
This trade could end up costing the Sox the season, or it could turn out like the Nomar deal of '04. I have no idea. I have never seen Jason Bay a lick of baseball so who knows how good he is and how he will play in Boston. Plus he is Canadian. (It is something you have to consider.) The next two weeks will set the tone for the rest of the season. Either they will continue to fade or show the AL east they are still serious about winning another series. One final thought, at least the Yankees didn't steal Jarrod Washburn.