Is this just a series of staged mini-controversies to force the Red Sox to not pick up his options and let him go to free agency where he can get a 4 year deal? It wouldn't be the first time that Manny has tried to get out of Boston - recall the trade requests pretty much every year up until last year. Obviously no one knows for sure if he took those 3 called strikes against Mariano or whether his knee is really hurting him, but it sure seems like a growing pattern. One of the last things that Manny wants right now is for the Red Sox to pick up only one of those two $20M options when this could very well be the last year Manny can squeeze a huge 4 year deal out of someone as his numbers are clearly heading in the wrong direction. Is it any surprised he switched agents and joined forces with Boras?
One of my least favorite writers ever in Boston (Shaughnessy) seems to think so, for whatever that's worth:
Something's got to give. The owners are mad. The manager is frustrated. The GM is frustrated. Teammates are angry. Even with sycophants who excuse everything, Manny may have finally exhausted his reservoir of goodwill. He quit on the team in 2006 and now it looks like he's quitting again. Is that OK with you, Red Sox Nation?