Red Sox trade Manny Ramirez to Dodgers

According to Jon Heyman of, the Boston Red Sox officially unloaded outfielder Manny Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Pittsburgh’s Jason Bay will head to Boston, while the Pirates will get four minor league prospects in return.

The Red Sox traded Manny Ramirez to the Dodgers late Thursday afternoon, has learned.
Jason Bay is headed to Boston as part of the deal, has learned. The Pirates will get four minor leaguers in the three-way trade.

The Red Sox went back-and-forth with the Marlins and Dodgers as the 4 p.m. ET deadline approached. Ramirez said earlier today, as first reported by, that he would accept a trade to any team.
The announcement will be made in conjunction with a World Baseball Classic announcement at Dodger Stadium shortly.

Interesting. This is a pretty sweet deal for the Dodgers because they get the power-hitting Ramirez and didn’t have to give up Matt Kemp or Andre Ethier (two of their top young talents), as previously rumored. They probably had to part with some of their top minor league talent, but the Dodgers might have just leapfrogged Arizona in the NL West and certainly have enough talent to take on whichever teams emerge from the National League.

As for the Sox, they get a productive outfielder in Bay and get rid of a headache in Ramirez. Bay doesn’t have the pop Manny does, but he’s a solid player and he’s under contract until 2009.

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