Manny finally wore out his welcome in Boston yesterday, agreeing to waive his trade clause in a last minute deal (the trade deadline was yesterday at 4pm EST) that sent him to The Dodgers in a three-way deal that netted Jason Bay for the Red Sox. His antics had hit a peak this year, including a dugout scuffle with first baseman Kevin Youkilis and knocking around the team’s 64-year-old traveling secretary for failing to fulfil a large ticket request for a game in Houston. Other recent issues were his refusal to play in a couple of games, complaing of a phamtom knee injury and lackluster play, notably refusing to run out ground balls while being no-hit earlier this week against the Angels.
The Sox hand over Manny ramirez to the Dodgers, agree to pay the remainder of his 2008 salary (in neighborhood of $7mil, I believe) and they send prospects Craig Hansen and Brandon Moss to Pittsburgh and get now former Pirate, Jason Bay in return. Bay is a relative bargain at $7mil/per year and signed through 2009 at that rate.
But he is not Manny. Manny’s stat line in 200 career games against the Yankees is simply obnoxious. No player in my lifetime has done more damage to Yankee pitching and egos than Manny Ramirez. Can’t say I’ll miss him but the Boston/New York rivalry just lost some of it’s luster.