Earlier this afternoon, the Marlins were said to be holding a slim chance of pulling off a trade for Manny Ramirez.
But after seeing the sign he held up during tonight's game with the Angels (pictured in the screen grab to your right) and then reading the bellyache du jour below, I'd be willing to bet that motivated sellers on Miami's Star Island might be able to soon unload their property on a newly-located Ramirez.*
The Palm Beach Post is reporting that a tentative three-way deal has been reached among the Red Sox, Marlins and Pirates and after Manny's comments from earlier today, it's not hard to see why Boston might have been forced to commit to a trade that might bring only Pittsburgh's Jason Bay plus unproven prospects in exchange for Ramirez's Hall of Fame talent.
"The Red Sox don't deserve a player like me," Ramirez said. "During my years here, I've seen how they [the Red Sox] have mistreated other great players when they didn't want them to try to turn the fans against them.
"The Red Sox did the same with guys like Nomar Garciaparra and Pedro Martinez, and now they do the same with me. Their goal is to paint me as the bad guy," Ramirez added. "I love Boston fans, but the Red Sox don't deserve me. I'm not talking about money. Mental peace has no price, and I don't have peace here."
Translation? "Trade me. I dare you."
Look, I've never understood the issues that Ramirez has with a city and fanbase that throws itself at its baseball stars, but I've always thought the Manny headache was one worth tolerating for the Red Sox. But with all this season's controversies, putting up with "Manny Being Manny" has changed and now it seems inevitable that Ramirez and Boston's 7+ season relationship will be over by Thursday's 4 p.m. ET trading deadline comes. (The Brett Favre and Green Bay soap opera is a different story.)
(*Yeah, MiamiBeach411.com says he already has property in South Florida, but here's betting Manny would want to be living among the big dogs as a full-time resident.)