The Red Sox are in trade talks to send Manny Ramirez to the Dodgers, according to Sports Illustrated:
However the talks are said to be in the very early stages, and there are numerous complications and hurdles to clear for a Dodgers deal to get done. People familiar with the talks say it is too early to gauge the chances for a trade.
Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, a Bostonian, is believed to love the idea of adding Ramirez to bolster the Dodgers' mediocre offense. However, McCourt, whose team has previously acquired or signed ex-Red Sox Nomar Garciaparra, Derek Lowe, Bill Mueller and manager Grady Little under his stewardship, has been telling Dodgers people he doesn't want to add payroll during this trading season, and has been openly complaining about disappointing attendance and revenues. Ramirez is making $20 million this year.
Dodgers players likely to interest the Red Sox would include young outfielders Matt Kemp and perhaps Andre Ethier. The Dodgers have a deep reservoir of young talent. Another possibility could be for Boston, which is known to have one of the more creative front offices in baseball, to take young players from the Dodgers and offer them to Atlanta for Mark Teixeira, who would appear to be the Red Sox's best hope of replicating Ramirez's dangerous bat. The Diamondbacks are seen as a favorite for Teixeira, although they are telling Atlanta they won't include either of two top young pitchers -- Max Scherzer or Jarrod Parker -- with first baseman Chad Tracy for Teixeira, who is eligible for free agency at year's end. Other teams seen as interested in Teixeira include the Rays, Angels and Dodgers.
The Dodgers do have a boatload of good prospects that would be nice in return. I'd be happy if a trade involved Matt Kemp and Jonathan Broxton. Kemp could be our future left fielder (but current?) and Broxton would be a sexy addition to the bullpen.