For almost two years, a rumor involving the potential trade of Bobby Abreu for Manny Ramirez accounted for the highest traffic day on Beerleaguer. With the disgruntled left fielder connected to the Phils in hot-stove reports yet again, we shamelessly open the floor for the latest Manny speculation with the non-waiver trade deadline just days away.
Yesterday, sources for the New York Post said the Phillies had the best chance to trade for Ramirez because Charlie Manuel has perhaps the strongest relationship with him of anyone in the majors. The Phils have also confirmed to the local papers internal discussions about bringing Manny aboard. FoxSports writer Ken Rosenthal floated a deal that would involve Geoff Jenkins and Double-A catcher Lou Marson to Boston, but views the Phillies as a longshot for his services. Most writers seem to share the same view.
Fuentes: In his latest piece, Rosenthal reports that the Rockies are seeking a ready, young starter in exchange for Brian Fuentes, mentioning J.A. Happ as a possibility.