Where’s the Manny Rumor?

With the news that Manny Ramirez is unhappy in Boston (ho-hum, what else is new?), we’d expect to hear at least some speculation regarding the Mets’ interest in the sour star.

But nothing — not a whisper.

Strange, isn’t it?

After all, Manny has been unhappy in Boston every year for the past, oh, six years. But this time, boy, oh THIS TIME, he’s serious. No, really. Really, he’s serious. Really.

For at least five of those six years, the Mets seemed at the center of any trade rumors. Lastings Milledge was traded for Manny about a dozen times in the rumor mills, before finally being dealt to Washington. This time, though, we’re hearing nothing — zilch — from the Mets and from the moles.

According to one of the most informed moles in the business, Jon Heyman:

“While Mets GM Omar Minaya is a longtime admirer, it appears the Mets have little or no interest.”

Hmm … that tells me that Minaya is working feverishly to find a way to get Manny to Queens. Because although Heyman is one of the better journalists at digging up dirt, for some reason, the Mets manage to keep all their trades a secret. We’ve beat this drum before, but I’ll refresh the subject briefly: who knew about any of the Mets trades and signings before they became a reality? The Johan deal was the first in Minaya’s tenure that was leaked, but even that one was kept a secret until the deal was pretty much done. No one saw the Milledge-Church-Schneider deal coming. The Guillermo Mota – Johnny Estrada deal came out of nowhere. The pattern continues as you back over nearly every transaction. Ironically, one of the only acquisitions that was leaked, ended up being revoked — the “signing” of Yorvit Torrealba.

So my theory is this: because there is NO talk of the Mets going after Manny, the Mets MUST be going after Manny. I have no sources backing this theory; it came from the thin air. Further, it makes no sense, since the Mets have no expendable goods that would be valuable to the Red Sox in return for Manny. Ramirez, after all, is one of the top three hitters in all of MLB — how could the Bosox possibly fill his spot in the lineup with someone from the Mets’ organization?

Ah, but perhaps they won’t have to. Perhaps there is a third team involved — say, the Colorado Rockies, who have Matt Holliday. Maybe the Mets can put together a package of players to send to Colorado, which will send Holliday to Boston and in turn Manny home to New York. Or maybe the third team is the Rangers, who have Milton Bradley and Hank Blalock, among others, to offer.

Don’t bet on it … but crazier things have happened at the deadline.

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  1. sincekindergarten July 28, 2008 at 7:30 am
    Yeah, Joe, I’m in the same boat . . . though, this morning, Fox & Friends was saying that both the Mets and Phillthies have interest.
  2. isuzudude July 28, 2008 at 1:04 pm
    you know, for as good as the Mets have been going lately, it’s surprising this site has been so quiet. i’d hate to think that most fans only get chatty when they have something to complain about.
  3. sincekindergarten July 28, 2008 at 2:35 pm
    ID, I don’t know about you, but if I was Omar right now, I’d stand pat. Other teams want waaaay too much for what are charitably termed “rentals,” and Tatis is hitting like’s it’s 1999 again. Will it last? God only knows. I wouldn’t put a cent either way. Most of the posters over at Metsblog seem to think that Tatis will regress. I’m not so sure. He just might finish with 15 HRs and a .305 BA.

    Something that the SNY broadcast crew said last night–6 of Tatis’ 7 HRs have come on 2-strike counts. That’s a nice stat, don’t ‘cha think?

  4. joe July 28, 2008 at 3:09 pm
    I don’t think Omar can afford to stand pat. If Church were back, and showed no signs of lingering issues, that would be different … but as of today, and as of the 31st, he looms as a question mark.

    I LOVE Tatis … but don’t believe he can keep it up. I’m chalking it up to teams not knowing how to attack him, because he’s been out of MLB for so long. I think he’ll be exposed by mid-August, the latest, and we’ll see how he adjusts. That said, I’m rooting for him (and also rooting for a Manny or Bay deal).

  5. isuzudude July 28, 2008 at 5:50 pm
    Well, SK, I don’t necessarily think Omar needs to force himself to make a trade, but I do think the Mets have some holes that need to be addressed. First, in my opinion, is the bullpen. As I’ve been preaching for the past week, my #1 target would be Huston Street. Of all the relievers, though, I’m sure his price would be the highest, because of his age (24) and who has him (Billy Beane). I’d make a very solid offer to try and get Street – Heilman, Kunz, and Carp – and if Beane rejects, then I move on to Plan B.

    Plan B would not be for a Manny, a Bay, a Holliday, or a Carlos Lee. With the Nady deal pacing the market, all four (if available) stand to demand a hefty price. And I don’t believe the Mets A) have the resources to further deplete their farm system to get a rent-a-player, or B) need to be so desperate to add an aging, expensive ego. The recent surge is likely to fizzle out at some time, but I’d much rather take my chances with the current chemistry than throw in a combustible element from the outside and potentially mess things up. Instead, Plan B would be something much more Minaya-esque, if that’s even an acceptable term. Something under the radar, involving mid-level prospects for a solid but not allstar caliber player, or 2. I’m talking a deal that nets us Randy Winn and Jack Taschner or Tyler Walker from San Fran, or Brian Giles from San Diego. The right deal is out there waiting to be had for Omar, and I trust he’ll make it.