Every year, there is talk of the Boston Red Sox' wanting to trade Manny Ramirez.
The latest rumors involve the Phillies.
One baseball source said the Red Sox could have floated the Phillies' name to help drum up interest in Ramirez, whom they want to trade because they have tired of his "Manny being Manny" shenanigans.
Internally, the Phillies have talked about Ramirez, but general manager Pat Gillick rarely leaves any stone unturned, so that should not come as a complete surprise. Still, it seems unlikely the Phillies would trade for Ramirez before Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline because there is not a fit.
A Ramirez-to-the-Phillies rumor isn't totally laughable, though, because Ramirez has a long relationship with Charlie Manuel going back to their days with the Indians. The Phillies also have said they would like another righthanded bat, and Ramirez wouldn't come with a long-term financial commitment.
Ramirez, 36, is making $20 million this season and has club options for 2009 and 2010. He would become a free agent if that 2009 club option isn't picked up.
"If the Red Sox are a better team without Manny Ramirez, they should trade me. I will not object," Ramirez, who must approve any trade, told espndeportes.com. "I don't have any preferences. I could choose a team that offers me the best conditions or one in the chase for the postseason. I don't care where I play."
Ramirez has more than $6.6 million remaining on this year's contract, a figure the Phillies may not be willing to pay unless the Red Sox take some salary back in return. Where would Ramirez play? Right field? Or would the Phillies move Pat Burrell to right?
Manny being Manny in red pinstripes? It seems unlikely.