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No Mets for Manny?

Posted by David Lefort, Boston.com Staff  October 21, 2005 09:38 AM

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Today’s news provides an inside look at a couple of members of the Red Sox who may not be in Boston by the time spring training rolls around.

In today’s Globe, Gordon Edes wrote that David Wells may want out of Boston for the greener pastures of the West Coast.

And ESPN.com’s Peter Gammons reported that if Manny Ramirez requests a trade in the offseason, his preference, according to his agent, would be to go to Anaheim or Cleveland -- not the New York Mets.

Just before the trading deadline in late July, according to Gammons, the Red Sox considered the idea of trading Ramirez to the Mets in a deal that would bring Carlos Beltran to Boston. However, Gammons reported, the Mets rejected the idea.

Interestingly, Ramirez also apparently did not want to be traded to the Mets.

"The ironic thing is that by the end of the weekend, Manny said he would not go to the Mets," Ramirez's agent, Greg Genske, told Gammons. "I know people have speculated about Pedro [Martinez] and his influence, but Manny does not want to be traded to the Mets."

The Red Sox have said they haven’t offered Ramirez to the Mets -- or anyone else, according to Gammons -- as of now. Genske plans to meet with Boston owner John Henry next week in Florida. Gammons writes: After that meeting, “some determination will be made on whether Ramirez will repeat his July request to be traded, or the team will see what it can get on the market, with the knowledge that as a 10-5 player, Ramirez can veto any deal.”

Edes also wrote today that the Mets are not considering trading Beltran.


Genske told Gammons that if Ramirez did request a trade, "his preference would be Anaheim. He also still loves Cleveland, and would go back there," Genske said.

Gammons added that another possibility would be Arizona, “if Boston would take some of the contracts the Diamondbacks are trying to move, including Troy Glaus and Luis Gonzalez. Texas was in play at the deadline.”

More Manny tidbits from the Gammons report:

  • ”The problem is that if the Red Sox baseball operations had their way, the only way Ramirez would be traded is if they could restock themselves with a young corner outfielder, a center fielder and pitching.”

  • ”Their feeling is that with so much money floating around the industry and so few quality free agents, Ramirez's contract -- three years remaining at a present-day value of slightly more than $17 million -- will not be that bad come spring training.”

    As a side note to readers, you can look for “The Buzz” to return to Boston.com sometime next week.

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