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Sox sign a few ... Manny's Day

Today is March 1st, and we all know what today is. It's Manny day.

Manny Ramirez is scheduled to show up today. The keyword being: scheduled. No one knows whether Ramirez will show up or not. He's supposed to, but you are also not supposed to take a bathroom break in the Green Monster, nor are you supposed to dive for a ball that you don't need to dive for. But hey, that's Manny.

This is what I want: I want Manny to show up to the clubhouse, smile, and then take some hacks out on the field. I want him to talk to the media, and I want him to give his buddies David Ortiz and Enrique Wilson a nice big hug and say: "I love it here, man!"

That will make my day. Oh, and if he came to camp completely bald except for a Bill Mueller goatee -- yeah that'd make me smile, also. Do it, Manny.

[editor's note, by Randy Booth] Update: Manny showed up at 9 a.m. wearing a Tim Brown Raiders jersey and crazy, blonde dreadlocks. He's no bald, but good enough.

According to the Boston Globe:

The Red Sox agreed to terms on 2006 contracts with 16 players on their 40-man roster: righthanded pitchers Manny Delcarmen, Edgar Martinez, Cla Meredith, Jonathan Papelbon, David Pauley, Jermaine Van Buren, and Jamie Vermilyea; lefthanders Abe Alvarez, Lenny DiNardo, and Jon Lester; catcher Josh Bard; infielders Alejandro Machado and Kevin Youkilis; and outfielders Brandon Moss, David Murphy, and Adam Stern.

This is typical stuff. They did it last season, this did it this season, and they'll do it forever. Just the typical signings with everyone on the 40-man roster.

By the way, Abe Alvarez had dropped off the radar over the past couple of seasons, but you know what? I think he's going to have a nice spring. Maybe he'll even beat out Lenny DiNardo for the lefthanded reliever job. Keep an eye on him. The same goes for OF David Murphy, my sleeper prospect pick.