It's Not Going To Happen, But Let's Speculate Anyway
Manny Ramirez isn't going to be traded. It's become evident he won't finish his career as a Red Sox, but he'll finish his season in Boston because there's not enough time for the appropriate deal to be worked out. This Manny guy is pretty good, you know, and could help the Sawx win a pennant.
I don't want the unlikelihood that of a blockbuster deal being made to get in the way of some fun speculation. Merit or not, here are some of trade rumors floating about today as we approach t-minus 24 hours to the Thursday's 4pm ET deadline.
Baseball Prospectus shared talk of a Manny Ramirez to the Marlins for Jeremy Hermida, Jeff Allison and presumably something else. Hermida is a good, if not great, prospect at age 24. A left-handed bat that's hit 15 home runs already this season would be a welcome addition in Boston, but at the expense of Ramirez? How much of losing Manny is simple addition by subtraction? Allison's inclusion would make this very interesting and plausible if Theo Epstein is feeling risky. For those that don't recall, Allison is essentially the pitching version of Josh Hamilton. A talented 1st pick who used his signing bonus on drugs.
Yesterday, Jon Heyman suggested that the Phillies were seriously involved in Ramirez trade discussions. You'd think the deal would involve Pat Burrell and then at least one talented prospect. I'm sure Manny would jump at the chance to boost his numbers at Citizens Bank Playground, and it's a big enough city where his ego will still get national attention. Philly fans: you want this?
Forget about the Mets. Good move on their part.
Lastly, the only other viable option could be the Dodgers where a Matt Kemp for Manny deal has reportedly been discussed. If the fact that the Los Angeles Dodgers might not have enough to offer wasn't getting in the way, Joe Torre probably would.
Feel free to speculate on other possible destinations, but unfortunately we're going to blockbusterless for the next 24 hours.