Thursday, March 02, 2006
Manny's Mouthpiece Says Trade Was Team's Idea:
"I think it's been mis-characterized all along. I think it's been a situation over the last few years where the Red Sox have wanted to pursue trade alternatives, just to kind of see what's out there, and Manny has always been willing to participate in those kind of talks and he'd been willing to keep an open mind and cooperate if the Red Sox decide they want to have trade discussions with another team. "
-Manny's Spin Doctor Greg Genske
Over the winter, several sources in the organization indicated that Ramirez asked to be traded at least once during each of his first five seasons in Boston.