Manny to the Marlins?

Update 3:30 pm: Jason Bay is staying in Pittsburgh. Apparently the Rays never agreed to dealing Brignac. Once that deal was declared dead, the original 3-way deal was back on. 10 minutes after the deadline, Ken Rosenthal reported that the deal was officially dead…again.

I think Tampa was dragged in the discussions and the prospect names were leaked before the deal was really negotiated. It could have been a way for Pittsburgh to increase what the Red Sox and Marlins were offering.

Manny could still be dealt if he clears waivers (a deal could still come – just because it hasn’t been reported yet doesn’t mean it hasn’t been agreed to and submitted to the Commish for approval); most teams will pass on him due to the $7MM left on his contract this season. Look for Manny’s response in the next few days.

Update 2:40 pm: The proposed 3-team deal is dead. Jason Bay has just been traded to Tampa Bay for prospects Reid Brignac and Jeff Niemann. Manny is still in Boston with 20 minutes left before the trade deadline.

Update 9:55 am: The deal is in jeopardy right now. Some in the Red Sox front office don’t want to trade Manny.

Also, Pittsburgh wants prospects Mike Stanton and Ryan Tucker from the Marlins; Florida is not wanting to include Stanton in the deal.

The Chances of this deal going down are said to be 50/50. Pittsburgh could still deal Bay and Grabow to the Red Sox if the Marlins aren’t involved.

[End Update]

Apparently Manny Ramirez is being dealt to the Florida Marlins in a 3 team deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Red Sox. Each team would receive:

Pittsburgh – Jeremy Hermida, 3 prospects (2 from Florida, 1 from Boston)
Florida – Manny Ramirez, 1 prospect (from Boston), Cash (most likely covering the rest of Manny’s deal)
Boston – Jason Bay, John Grabow

The deal will be finalized and signed off on tomorrow; the prospects are probably still being talked about.

Check back tomorrow for an update.

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