Thursday, July 31, 2008

Manny to the Marlins "Close to Dead"

Those were the words from Peter Gammons, as expressed to media sources and on ESPNNEWS' MLB Trade Deadline special.

Before we all lose hope, however, there are conflicting reports. The always dependable Ken Rosenthal seems to think there's still a good chance, and the Red Sox could be bluffing in the hopes of getting a better deal.

Why the holdup? The Marlins are apparently a shrewd bunch. As Manny continues to make disparaging comments and hold the Red Sox more and more hostage, the Marlins have been pressing for more prospects. There's no doubt that the Red Sox are desperate to get rid of him, but the Marlins may have to back off some.

Let's see what the word is at 3PM. Maybe the teams get back to the table and agree to something. The greatest catalyst for a deal is always a deadline.

1 comment:

Stanley C. said...

ESPN's trade blog has the deal being dead at this point. Apparently the Marlins were asking for some extra cash that's above and beyond the 7 mil to cover Manny's contract. It's basically the Red Sox trading Manny Ramirez, 2 prospets, and $2 million for Jason Bay. Looks like the Fish are going to have to come down if they really want him.