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Monday, December 12, 2005

Reports: Sox offer Manny for Tejada

It would be cool if the A's could get Tejada back, but let's see how this unfolds....Full news with click on link.

BOSTON -- Manny Ramirez for Miguel Tejada? That's a deal that would hardly do justice to the adjective "blockbuster."
Such a proposal has at least been offered by the Red Sox, according to The Boston Globe and Boston Herald, and also intimated by multiple media outlets in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area.

Back in late October, word surfaced that Ramirez had asked the Red Sox to trade him, citing an unhappiness with playing in a city which deprived his privacy.

Not long after, the Red Sox confirmed that they promised the slugger they would make a good-faith attempt to trade him.

As the Winter Meetings came to a close on Thursday, Orioles superstar Tejada told a reporter from the Associated Press that he would also like a change of scenery, due to Baltimore's inability to contend in the American League East.

The Red Sox indeed have a shortstop opening that Tejada would fit perfectly into, as the club traded Edgar Renteria to the Braves earlier this week.

While Ramirez and Tejada, two of the game's best offensive players, looks like a great match on paper, there is one issue that could kill even the possibility of such an exchange.

As a 10-5 man (10 years of service time, five with his existing team), Ramirez has the right to veto any trade. Despite doubts about whether Ramirez would accept a trade to the Orioles, a report in Sunday's Washington Post attributed to a source close to Ramirez that he "would 'absolutely' accept a trade to Baltimore."

Efforts by MLB.com to reach Greg Genke, Ramirez's agent, were unsuccessful.

The Red Sox have a club policy of not discussing specific trade rumors.


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