As significant as the Pudge Rodriguez move could be, the big news for the Yankees in the next 19 hours could be whether the Red Sox trade Manny Ramirez.
Boston is involved with complicated discussions with Florida (and possibly Pittsburgh) on a multi-player deal that would send Ramirez to the Marlins and possibly Jason Bay to Boston. I have heard literally 10 different versions of this deal.
Ramirez, as everybody knows, murders Yankee pitching. His departure would be welcome news at River Ave. and East 161st Street.
In the end, maybe nothing happens. That usually is the case with Manny. John Henry is said to want to try and work things out.
Meanwhile, the Mets are sitting out the trade deadline so far. As the Yankees make move after move, the heat is on Omar Minaya.
Tick … tick … tick
UPDATE, 9:16 p.m.: Check out what Manny told a reporter from ESPNDeportes today:
â€œThe Red Sox donâ€™t deserve a player like me. During my years here Iâ€™ve seen how they have mistreated other great players when they didnâ€™t want them to try to turn the fans against them.
“The Red Sox did the same with guys like Nomar Garciaparra and Pedro Martinez, and now they do the same with me. Their goal is to paint me as the bad guy. I love Boston fans, but the Red Sox donâ€™t deserve me. Iâ€™m not talking about money. Mental peace has no price and I donâ€™t have peace here.â€
In other words: Get me out.