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Would deal make Sox better?

Posted by David Lefort, Boston.com Staff  July 31, 2008 06:50 AM

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Sometime before now and 4 p.m. (the MLB trade deadline), the Red Sox could have a very important decision to make.

If the three-team trade that's rumored to be in the works -- Manny Ramirez to the Marlins, with the Red Sox receiving Pirates outfielder Jason Bay and lefthander reliever John Grabow -- ends up on Theo Epstein's desk waiting for his signature, do you think he should sign off on it?

In other words, do you think the Red Sox are a better team with Ramirez, or with Bay and Grabow?

Bay does not have a Hall of Famer's pedigree, but he is more than six years younger (he turns 30 in September) than Ramirez, and, under contract in 2009 for $7.5 million, is considerably cheaper. The Sox hold a $20 million option on Ramirez for next season, but he made it clear he wants to be traded.

Here's a comparison of their 2008 numbers:

Ramirez ---- .299 BA, 20 HRs, 68 RBIs, .398 OBP, .529 SLG
Jason Bay -- .282 BA, 22 HRs, 64 RBIs, .375 OBP, .519 SLG

Grabow is 5-3 with a 3.19 ERA, and was 1-1 with a 1.88 ERA in July.

So ... what do you think? Should the Sox pull the trigger on this? Post your comment and vote in our survey.

Material from the Globe's Gordon Edes was used in this report.

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On a related note, we found this NESN screengrab from last night's game both humorous and twisted. Strange days indeed ...

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