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Manny Ramirez Trade Rumor ... Again

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The New York Daily News has the scoop on this particular four-way trade (because we know there has been so many of these recently):

According to sources, both the Red Sox and Orioles have resigned themselves to accommodating the trade requests of Ramirez and Tejada, who want off of their respective teams. But since the Orioles have signed Jeromy Burnitz to complete their outfield, they may not have a match with the Red Sox in a straight-up Tejada-for-Ramirez deal, so several baseball executives said they'd have to get other teams involved.

That's where the Mets and Devil Rays come in. The basics of the four-team deal that had the baseball executives buzzing yesterday and would appear to satisfy the needs of all four clubs would have Tejada and Tampa Bay's Joey Gathright going to the Red Sox to fill Boston's holes at shortstop and center field.

Ramirez and Baez would go to the Mets, giving them one of the game's best sluggers and a setup man. The Orioles would satisfy their need at shortstop by getting Julio Lugo from Tampa Bay and add pitching by getting Matt Clement from Boston and possibly Kris Benson from the Mets.

The Devil Rays, who have always been difficult to deal with, especially in complicated transactions, are seeking top prospects and young pitching and would be satisfied in that regard by getting third baseman Andy Marte from Boston and Jae Seo and Aaron Heilman from the Mets. In addition, the Mets would send Kaz Matsui to Tampa to give the D-Rays a stopgap shortstop replacement until prospect B.J. Upton is ready.

This trade seems to be giving up a lot on the end of the Red Sox. We lose Manny, the best player in this whole trade, and still have to lose two other players in Clement and Marte.

Manny for Tejada works. That's even. But then we add Gathright by losing Clement and Marte? I don't like that part. I understand losing Clement (and dumping his contract), but losing Marte is just outrageous. It's not like Gathright is a better prospect than Marte. If he was, it might be do-able. But, at this point, Marte is the superior.

The article also says it "would appear to satisfy the needs of all four clubs would have Tejada and Tampa Bay's Joey Gathright going to the Red Sox to fill Boston's holes at shortstop and center field." But that doesn't cover all our holes. It covers the current holes, but it opens up another one in left field with the departure of Ramirez.

Losing Clement would open up our rotation issues, however. David Wells needs to be traded and, if so, we'll have Bronson Arroyo and Jonathan Papelbon in the rotation. Then the only option for a spot-start (or anything longer) would be Lenny DiNardo or Jon Lester making a big jump.

Here's another version of the trade rumor that Eric from Amazin' Avenue pointed out to me. It's the same thing except Matt Clement isn't involved.

However it goes down, it looks like we are strongly going after both Tejada and Gathright. But then that leaves us with another question: who's going to play left field?

And if anyone says Kevin Millar, I'll go and jump off the roof of my house.