Red Sox Traveling Secretary Jack McCormick can breath a sigh of relief. Manny, “his tormentor” is now a DODGER.
The Dodgers jumped in late to replace the Marlins in the three team Manny derby. FoxSports Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Boston Red Sox will get LF Jason Bay, while the Dodgers snag Manny Ramirez. The Pirates bounty will be 3B prospect Andy LaRoche, and RHP Bryan Morris (# 1 pick from 2006) from the Dodgers, along with reliever Craig Hansen and OF Brandon Moss from the Red Sox.
1- Red Sox get a much more mellow (to say the least) LF who is just a notch below Manny as a hitter, costs a third of the price, should fit in with the clubhouse chemistry-wise and was the top OF on the trade market. That said- the Red Sox just blew their playoff chances!!!
2- Joe Torre has a big grin on his face. The Dodgers just landed one of the three best right handed hitters in the majors (Pujols and A-Rod being the others). The Dodgers hung on to both Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier in the deal. They are the big WINNAS of this trade. They are now poised to skyrocket past the D-Backs and win the NL West.
3- Oh the lowly Pirates. First the bad— Brandon Moss is no more than a fourth OF; Craig Hansen the Red Sox 2005 # 1 pick is now the probable Pirates closer of the future (just what a bad team needs, a closer!); 3B prospect Andy LaRoche hopefully can play another position because they just drafted 3B Pedro Alvarez with the 2nd overall pick.
The Not So Bad— Bryan Morris was the Dodgers’ 1st round pick in 2006, is only 21 years old and has been very good at A-ball this year.
The Good— Can’t really think of one. Maybe in 4 years I’ll change my mind.
At least the Pirates have a minor league system again!