The New York Post reports the most likely trade partner for the Red Sox in a Manny Ramirez deal is the Phillies.
Ramirez, who has a no trade clause, may only accept a trade to Philadelphia to play for his former manager Charlie Manuel the Post reports.
If the Phillies land Manny and pick up his $20 million option for 2009, it would likely be the end of Pat Burrell in Philadelphia. If they don’t take the option, he’s a rental player. Either way, Charlie Manuel would enjoy ‘hitting season’ as he calls it with this potential lineup:
2 – Victorino
3 – Utley
4 – Ramirez
5 – Howard
6 – Burrell
7 – Feliz
8 – Ruiz / Coste
9 – Pitcher
While this may sound like the most potent lineup in baseball, remember that Manny is not having a great year. He is hitting .298 with 19 homers and 63 RBI. He has also missed a few games recently with an injured knee and is 36 years old.
I thought, well, at least he would smoke the ball out of Citizens Bank Park. Well, not exactly. Over the last three years, Ramirez is a .240 hitter at CBP with 3 home runs and 9 RBI.
A trade to land Ramirez would likely cost you prospects on the level of Carrasco, Donald, Marson, Golson, Happ, etc.
That doesn’t sound like a great trade, but it is still possible Manny could be Manny in Philly.