Should Boston fans really be upset with Manny Ramirez? The guy sure bitched a lot about the city in the past few years, but was there another reason for Manny’s move to Los Angeles? This other reason is so important that MLB has launched a full investigation into the background of the trade.
Manny Ramirez was eying the end of his contract with the Red Sox; an eight-year deal worth a total of $160 million. The Red Sox had an option to hold onto the slugger for $20 million in 2009 and 2010, but Manny apparently wanted to test the free-agent market. He fired his former agent, Greg Genske, who took over LS Legacy Sports Group when Jeff Moorad left to become CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Genske has a very impressive list of clients, including Pat Burrell, C.C. Sabathia, and Scott Kazmir, but Ramirez was not happy. In February of this year, he dropped Genske and picked up Mr. Boras.
So why the investigation? Maybe Manny was content playing in Boston, but Scott Boras was inconspicuously pushing him to move, putting money into Boras Corp sooner than later. Had Manny stayed in Boston, Boras Corp could have been representing Ramirez for the next two years without any commission (if Boston chose to retain Manny’s services at $20 million per year). Personally, this scenario is hard for me to believe. I do not think that Scott Boras or his company would be interested in having Manny’s options dropped just so that they could rake some quick dough. Would an agent ever tell his client to play at half speed just to have his club’s option dropped due to a trade?