According to ESPN’s Peter Gammons, Manny Ramirez will agree to waive his right to block a trade should the Red Sox and Marlins agree to a deal. No deal has been agreed upon as of yet, and in fact Gammons also reported that, according to a source close to the talks, the three-way deal between the Sox, Marlins, and Pirates is close to dead.
From Gammons: “Florida has reportedly asked Boston for a cash outlay beyond the $7 million to cover Ramirez’s contract, in addition to two prospects. That essentially would add up to the Red Sox trading Ramirez, $9 million and two prospects for Jason Bay.”
SI.com’s Jon Heyman also has similar information, with the addition that Manny would accept a deal to any team. Here’s his report:
“Ramirez has approved a trade to go to Florida, Philadelphia, Los Angels or anywhere else, SI.com has learned. In return for Ramirez signing off on a deal, the acquiring team will agree to drop the two club options for $20-million apiece for 2009 and ’10 in his current deal.”