Is Manny on the Move or Not?
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Is Theo Still Dreaming About Getting 'Fair Value'?
FoxSports: Sox Have Offer for Young Pitching
"The Red Sox told one club on Monday that they have received a legitimate offer for Ramirez, and that it revolves around 'young pitching.' " -- 12.5.06, Ken Rosenthal, FoxSports.com
Globe: Closer in Focus in Any Ramirez Deal
"In talks with the Dodgers, they asked for mountain man (6 feet 3 inches, 290 pounds) Jonathan Broxton, LA's 22-year-old setup man. In talks with the Angels, they gave GM Bill Stoneman a choice: closer Francisco Rodriguez or setup man Scot Shields. In talks with the Mariners, the names of closer J.J. Putz and setup man Rafael Soriano surfaced." -- 12.5.06, Gordon Edes and Nick Cafardo, Boston Globe
Herald: Club Wants Fair Value for Manny
"The Red Sox are a better team with Ramirez than they are without him, and everybody knows it. There really is no way around that. Unless the Red Sox can swap Ramirez for Albert Pujols or, say, Alex Rodriguez - ever heard that one before? - they arenít going to get 'fair value' for someone who piles up RBI as if he were putting M&Ms in a fruit bowl." -- 12.5.06, Tony Massarotti, Boston Herald
Callahan: Donít Cry for Manny, He Blames You
"No, the reason for his trade demand was, like the man himself, pretty simple. He just hates you, the paying customer and unwavering supporter of the Sox. He hates that youíre always there, always yelling and cheering and fawning all over him. He hates your very nature - your devotion, your intensity, your insatiable appetite for all things Red Sox. Hell, you could say he hates you for loving him so much.
"And you know whatís really kind of pathetic? You just keep loving him anyway." -- 12.5.06, Gerry Callahan, Boston Herald
LA Times: Angels, Dodgers Discuss Ramirez
"...but the chances for a [Manny to LA] deal now seem remote. The Red Sox told the Angels that closer Francisco Rodriguez or setup man Scot Shields would have to head any package for Ramirez. It's possible Boston would accept a package led by one of the Angels' two young starting pitchers, Ervin Santana or Jered Weaver...
"Talks between the Red Sox and Dodgers cooled because Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti considers Epstein's demands exorbitant. Boston wants three of the top six Dodgers prospects, including outfielder Matt Kemp and potential closer Jonathan Broxton. The names of James Loney, Andy LaRoche, Chad Billingsley and Scott Elbert also came up." -- 12.5.06, Mike DiGiovanna, LA Times
Survey: What If Sox Can't Get Fair Value?
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