Manny Ramirez Trade Talks Continue As The Clock Ticks

Adam GreuelSenior Analyst IJuly 30, 2008

I kept hearing about it, but I just couldn't believe it. According to MLB.com, things are heating up in the Manny Ramirez sweepstakes and it appears the Florida Marlins may have already won. The speculated deal involves the Boston Red Sox, Florida Marlins, and Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Sox would get Jason Bay from the Pirates while Hermida would go from Florida to Pittsburgh in return. That, of course, would leave Manny Ramirez to the Florida Marlins. If Ramirez does become a Marlin, it is basically 100 percent guaranteed that they would not be picking up his $20 Million option for next year.

If that were to happen, Ramirez would come awfully close to taking up 50 percent of the Marlins payroll. With their win yesterday over the Mets, the Marlins were able to move 1 and 1/2 games within first place in the NL East and with Manny Ramirez manning left field, there chances would be that much better.

The non-waiver Trade Deadline is set for 4 p.m. ET on Thursday. Speculation is strong that it's a matter of the Commissioner's Office approving the deal. Apparently, all the minor details are being worked out and some minor league prospects will likely be shifting teams as well.

Once this is all settled, the Red Sox will officially ask Ramirez to waive his no-trade clause, which he will likely do. Despite all the recent articles about the Sox getting sick of Ramirez's behavior and all the trade rumors swirling around, I expected Manny would be sticking around for one last play-off run in Boston. It looks like I was wrong!

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