July 29, 2008
The Boston Red Sox have a difficult chore in trying to trade an unhappy Manny Ramírez, and they will not find a home for him in Philadelphia. While the Phillies were mentioned as a possible landing spot for Ramírez because of his strong relationship with Manager Charlie Manuel, General Manager Pat Gillick harpooned the idea Monday.
"At this point, there's no interest on our part," Gillick said in a phone interview. "We have no place to play the guy. Burrell has to play left field, and I don't think Ramírez has played right field in seven or eight years."
Pat Burrell, the Philadelphia Phillies' left fielder, is batting .277 with 26 home runs, 61 runs batted in, a .400 on-base percentage and a .585 slugging percentage. Burrell's statistics are almost identical to those of Ramírez, a left fielder who was hitting .302 with 19 homers, 65 RBI, a .400 on-base percentage and a .531 slugging percentage before Monday night's game.
In addition, Burrell is not as divisive a personality as Ramírez, who has infuriated Red Sox ownership with his latest antics.