The Grand National Championships

July 31, 2008

Apparently, NESN is saying Manny has been dealt…

To the Dodgers?

I have to say that I am most certainly baffled by this turn of events.

I’ll update this post. Watch this space.

Manny Ramirez has been traded to the Dodgers in a three-team blockbuster pending the approval of the commissioner’s office, according to a source with knowledge of the deal. Pirates outfielder Jason Bay is headed to the Red Sox. The Pirates will receive Andy LaRoche and right-hander Bryan Morris from the Dodgers and outfielder Damien [sic] Moss and releiver Craig Hansen from the Red Sox. The Red Sox will pay all of the approximately $7 million remaining on Ramirez’s contract.

The Pirates made some solid upper level prospects in this deal. Craig Hansen can be a closer if he gets his head back on right. Bryan Morris is crushing in the lower level. Andy LaRoche, has the potential to be a very good third baseman. And Brandon Moss? Has a high-level of doubles and a 108 OPS+ in his limited major league career.

The Red Sox in getting Jason Bay get a sane level of equality in terms of overall game with Manny, plus control for another year. Even if they give up two good prospects to do it.

The Dodgers? They may just get the NL West if Jeff Kent and Larry Bowa don’t kill him first.

Crazy trade this.

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