Many are reporting Manny Ramirez is going to the Florida Marlins in a three-team deal involving the Pittsburgh Pirates. What many are failing to add is all of this depends on the Commissioner, Bud Selig. He has to approve the deal in order for it to be finalized, because cash is being exchanged between the Boston Red Sox and the Marlins, this according to BaseballProspectus.com.
If this deal goes through, it will happen as follows:
The Marlins get Manny Ramirez, one prospect (from the Red Sox), and cash. This makes sense, because the Marlins want to keep the payroll low. It was not that long ago they had a fire sale to cut the payroll.
The Pirates get Jeremy Hermida and three prospects (two from the Marlins, one from the Red Sox).
The Red Sox get Jason Bay and John Grabow.
Should this trade happen, and in all likelihood it does appear it will, do not look for the Marlins to actually keep him for 2009 and 2010. He has $20 million options. The Marlins are not going to pay him. They are too cheap.