Was the Red Sox placement of Manny Ramirez on waivers
timed to coincide with the meeting of the Yankee
braintrust in Tampa? Given that the Yankees are about
the only team who could afford Ramirez's pricy salary
(unless Tom Hicks of the Rangers wanted to really go
nuts and add another $20 million-plus salary to
A-Rod's), it would seem so. Michael Silverman of the
Boston Herald is dead on when he writes that,
"Steinbrenner is a difficult employer to predict. His,
or the Yankees', decision on whether or not to pick up
Ramirez will be fascinating."
By making Ramirez available, Tyler Kepner of the New
York Times believes the Red Sox are trying to free up
money to pursue Bartolo Colon and Kevin Millwood -- two
pitchers that would shore up their rotation nicely.
The Yankees need pitching, too. Do even they have
enough money to afford Ramirez and either one or both
of Colon and Millwood?
Sean McAdam of the Providence Journal writes that the
Yankees might not be the only game in town for
Ramirez. He suggests that the Mets -- long in need of
production from somebody playing the outfield -- could
bite on the moody superstar. He also suggests the
Orioles might have the money to sign him while the
Angels and Dodgers would be less likely possibilities.
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