BIG TRADE FOR SOX? Don’t count on it

If anything, you should prepare for the likelihood that whatever the Sox do, it will be relatively minor in nature. Manny Ramirez may have told Jerry Remy he wants to be traded and hopes to find peace, but Manny’s tranquility is not a high priority for the Sox these days. They expect to weather this storm, as they have others, and hope that when Friday rolls around, Manny will be sufficiently motivated to play hard–if not for the Olde Towne Team, then for his next contract.

The Manny rumors are still out there–you had Pedro lobbying for Manny coming to the Mets, and the Manny-to-the-Marlins speculation that would never have gotten started except that the Sox reportedly have said they’ll pick up his money for the balance of the season. Dodgers? Nope. Phils? Nope. Sox owner John W. Henry and Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria are great pals, at least the last time I checked, but I can’t see JWH making such a trade for his fantasy team, never mind the real thing.


Hey, you never say never, but what I’m hearing this afternoon in the Fens is not to expect anything.

There will almost certainly be some buzz in the Sox clubhouse about the Yanks getting Pudge Rodriguez, and Mark Teixeira is meeting with the media right now for the first time as an Angel, but that’s it for the time being.

Here are your lineups:

Red Sox

Dustin Pedroia 2B
Kevin Youkilis 1B
David Ortiz DH
Manny Ramirez LF
Mike Lowell 3B
JD Drew RF
Jed Lowrie SS
Jason Varitek C
Coco Crisp CF

Josh Beckett P


Chone Figgins 3B
Macier Izturis SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Vladi Guerrero DH
Torii Hunter CF
Garret Anderson LF
Howie Kendrick 2B
Gary Matthews, Jr RF
Jeff Mathis C

Joe Saunders P

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