Wednesday, July 30, 2008
As expected, according to the Globe’s Nick Cafardo, the Sox are having difficultly finding a “…quality bat to make it worth their while…” to trade Manny. Hence, my prediction that Manny would only get dealt as part of a three-way that would turn into a foursome deal.
Well, the Sox do have a much easier alternative – sign Barry Bonds to replace Manny’s big bat, bad attitude, poor fielding and base running at a fraction of the price. They would also get something back for the departing Ramirez (TO THE MARLINS?)without having to gamble on offering him arbitration.
As for Bonds, he likely could play a week or so in RI and/or ME to get ready for the Show. Of course, the 40-something likely criminal could suck after not seeing live pitching for 10-months. It is a risky move, but one possibly worth taking given the prospects Ramirez would bring into the Sox system.
The Sox would face a public relations $hit storm like no other, but this may be a time to cash in a few of their goodwill chips. It would also increase the chances of Curly Haired Boy’s head spontaneously combusting, so I really can’t see much of a downside here.