Well, it looks like we’re saying goodbye to Manny Ramirez. I’ll save my thoughts on the Manny experience for later in the week.
For now, though, if the deal that is on the table happens I’m all for it. Manny’s mentally done here, period. He’s not going to help them do much I don’t think. Jason Bay, on the other hand, will be rejuvenated by the chance to come to a contender and play in front of a packed house every day. Trust me I’ve been to PNC in Pittsburgh, it’s a great ballpark, but the team stinks and so do the fans, for the most part. This is an upgrade in every way for Bay, and it is for the Sox as well. They’ll be getting a younger bat, in his prime, that can help, and is willing to help.
Playing on a mediocre team, Bay is hititng .282 with 22 homers and 64 RBI. Manny’s hitting .299 with 20 homers and 68 RBIs.
For a player that I was afraid that the Sox wouldn’t be able to get .50 cents on the dollar for, this is a great, great, great, great deal if they can get it done. It’s like 93 cents, and maybe more when you consider that Manny’s 36 years old, and on the decline while Bay turns 30 later this season.
Make it happen.
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