Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Manny to the Marlins? GREAT IDEA!

It's been confirmed. The Marlins are in serious talks to acquire Manny Ramirez from the Red Sox. Before I get into the details, let's be frank about's still a long shot.

Here's how the deal would go down. Jeremy Hermida would likely be a centerpiece of the deal. I would imagine the Red Sox would also want a good prospect, perhaps a Ryan Tucker type. A Hermida-Tucker deal could work out well for both teams. Perhaps Hermida reaches his unmatched potential in a different uniform, while the Marlins get Manny on a one-year rental. After the season, the Marlins would get two draft picks as compensation for Manny signing elsewhere, and Cam Maybin may be ready for the big club (move Cody Ross to the corner).

This is a deal I'm 100% for.

Additional Thought: If the Marlins are going to trade for Manny, why not go the extra mile? Go sign Barry Bonds! Imagine this lineup:

1. Hanley Ramirez, SS
2. Jorge Cantu, 3B
3. Manny Ramirez, LF
4. Barry Bonds, 1B/LF
5. Dan Uggla, 2B
6. Josh Willingham, LF/1B
7. Cody Ross, CF
8. Matt Treanor, C
9. Pitcher

Sure, the defense would get even more atrocious, but that's a murderer's row if I've ever seen one. And you can get Bonds for NOTHING. And the Marlins would finally create a buzz around the team.

Beinfest...if you're reading this, make it happen!


Stanley C. said...

Adam, I'm shocked. You really think Manny would fit in that clubhouse? You want our kids taking cues from the laziest player in the league? You think giving up sure-fire, All-star young talent for a rental player who might give you 25% on any given night? Who would party on South Beach, "injure" his knee, and sit out the opening game in Shea Stadium when the Fish are 2 games back of the division? We already lead the leagues in homers, we don't need the bat, we need the arm. Let Manny be Manny somewhere else, anywhere else. There's no potty in the Teal Monster, and I don't know if he can hold it...

ASponge said...

Haha. He would only be here for two months (three including playoffs). He'll act right for that period...this is when he'd actually behave!

And yes, I think the Marlins have a chance to go for it all right now. A move of this magnitude puts them on the map.