"There will be no trade, I'm staying in Boston, where I'm familiar with the system and where I have a lot of friends, especially David Ortiz." - - Manny Ramirez
You heard that right, kids: Manny has rescinded his trade aspirations and rededicated himself to the Sox – for 2006, anyway. As he has done in past seasons, Manny made it known at the beginning of the off season that he was eager to be dealt, and the Sox reacted appropriately. They had discussed a deal with the Mets and were in talks with the Orioles right up until last week, but were having trouble dealing Manny due to his excessive salary and his demands for twenty million dollar contract options.
Even though Manny announced that “there will be no trade”, the Sox could still decide to deal him, though he does have the right to veto any trade he does not like. Manny has ruled out any NL team and any team he doesn’t feel is a “contender”, so odds are that Manny will be staying with the Sox – whether they want him or not.
"I know the American League system. That's one reason I don't want to go to the National League. I also want to play for a contender, and I think with Boston I'm assured of that." - - Manny Ramirez
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