Why not wait until the winter of '07? If you traded him then he still has to want to go to the designated team and they more than likely will have reached agreement with Manny to exercise this 2 option years.
What makes it sensible to trade him now verses next winter given your agrument?
My argument isn't
that we should trade Manny, but that moving him is not the sheer insanity that some seem to think. There are some pretty reasonable arguments to be made for moving him, particularly the one I cited in my post.
As to why is it more sensible to move him now as opposed to next offseason- consider that my point is that the Sox will in all likelihood not pick up his option after 2008, and that it makes no since to lose Manny at that point for nothing. If
the FO is operating from that point of view, there must be concerns that Manny's knee issues or any statistical decline (which if not projected, cannot be entirely discounted for an outfielder who will turn 35 during the season) will have a dramatic negative effect on his trade value.
Pumpsie's argument that 2007 is a "go for it" year given Matszuzaka, and J.D. Drew signing (and therefore Manny has to stay), is a bit shaky. This team is better with Daisuke Matsuzaka and Drew, but they still would need several major additions to the bullpen before they could be considered contenders. As of today, there's no closer, no set up man, in fact there's not much, period. Unless they can put together a legitimate bullpen in the coming months, I'm not sure it matters whether Manny is in Boston or not. Given the track record in constructing bullpens over the past couple of years, and what seems to be available out there, you'd have to be skeptical about the 2007 team, Manny, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Drew, or no. Obviously, the offseason has barely begun to shake out....
Edited by NWsoxophile, 22 November 2006 - 06:51 PM.