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Dispute over his contract led to Manny's trade in 2008.
Ramirez was among the best hitters in baseball for nearly eight seasons with the Boston Red Sox, helping the team win a pair of World Series titles. Disagreeable contract negotiations soured the end of his time in Boston during the 2008 season, however, and the slugger was shipped off to the Dodgers.
The Dodgers benefited immediately from Ramirez’s arrival, as he batted .396 and jacked 17 home runs in just 53 games, helping the team reach the playoffs.
Unfortunately for Los Angeles, things quickly took a turn for the worse. The Dodgers entered their own difficult contract negotiations with Ramirez, eventually signing him to a two year deal worth $45 million. Ramirez promptly tested positive for a banned substance at the start of the 2009 season and was suspended for 50 games.
Ramirez’s career has been a saga of suspensions, injuries and even an early retirement ever since 2008. Boston was fortunate to part ways with him when they did, and benefited further in that they acquired Jason Bay from the Pirates in the trade.
Bay gave the Red Sox two solid seasons before struggling to stay healthy over his next three with the New York Mets.