I have lived in Boston, a stone’s throw from Fenway, and have more RSN friends than Sox fans on this board
Is that a variation on "Some of my best FRIENDS are Red Sox fans."... ?
Anyways, just because it's been REPORTED that Boston has talked with teams about moving Manny, don't be so sure it's true. (The Cliff Floyd/Manny rumor was refuted by Theo who said the Mets made that proposal to the Sox, who rejected it, not vice verse, as was reported.)
This week has been pretty bad for news organization "breaking" MLB news... They've been wrong more than they've been right.
I say Theo would explore deals involving Manny that would make sense for the team.... by that I mean, before he MADE such a deal, he'd have a firm plan of what he would do with the money the team would no longer pay for Manny.
In other words, if he dealt Manny and the Red Sox payroll immediately dropped $20 million a year, I gurantee you that the $20 would be spent on improving the team. Not necessarilly on an RJ or a Beltran, but in ways that improve the Sox chances of repeating as World Champions. The moves Theo made at the trade deadline: deal Nomar, gain Cabrerra Minkey and Roberts, were certainly not as grandiose as signing the Unit, but they sure did improve the team's chances of winning the World Series.
Bottom line, I say Theo's smart.... smarter than Cashman. And he'll do what's right. He wouldn't just deal Manny and let the owners pocket the difference.
You make fine points, lesgrant, but I have PLENTY of faith in Boston's management team. Good for you for being as optimistic as you are about the Yankees.
Me, I like the Sox position just fine.