The never-ending soap opera that was Manny Ramirez in a Red Sox uniform has one final gasp this morning. Gordon Edes of the Boston Globe is reporting that an hour after the trade had been completed and the veteran had been informed he was L.A.-bound, Manny's agent, Scott Boras, called the Sox with one final offering:
"If the Sox dropped the option years on his contract - which they had agreed to do if they traded him - Boras said Ramírez would not be a problem the rest of the season."
We now know (obviously) that the response from the Red Sox front office was negative, and there's no question that this move was, at the very least, instigated by Boras. Keep in mind that Manny's contract with the Sox was not of Boras' design as he was hired by the slugger in February.
For the record, Boras denied pulling strings in the Manny deal.
Alejandro A. Leal writes for UmpBump.com. Post-deadline rumors? Comments? alexo05 [at] umpbump [daught] com.
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