This is sarcasm, right ? Long day here at the office and maybe I'm not picking it up. In the event you are serious - you are OK with trading Manny for Hermida and a prospect ? One of the most prolific, albeit spacey, hitters in MLB today ? For Hermida ?
Nope. I'm a Manny apologist. Two weeks ago I would never have said this. Just pick up his options each year and keep him. I've never wanted to trade Manny a day in my life, including for ARod, before two weeks ago. I know that every AL GM has prayed for him to be traded.
1. We have him for two more months. Two. He's made it clear he will now allow the options to BE an option. So, two more months instead to one year, possibly two. If you would argue the relationship could be patched up after this year, that is different, but that is not what's being reported right now. We would have Hermida for a number of years.
2. Concerning this year, when we are obviously a WS-caliber team, and based on all the noise, he seems to be dragging the team down right now. Yes, I'll use the word CHEMISTRY. I personally never felt that before. The past incidents always seemed like temporary arguements to me. This feels like a painful divorce. If so, that changes things enormously. I understand that it weakens the lineup, perhaps fatally, this year.
3. If he leaves after this year, an attempt to replace him has to be made. I'd rather give up no propects for Hermida or Kemp than pay Tex $150 mil or give four great propects for Holiday or Bay to try, and probably fail, to do the same thing.
Again, I understand how great he's been, believe me I do. But the end SEEMS to be here, right now, before we're ready for it, and that means it has to be dealt with. That is the key point and we all just have to make our best guess on it.
If Theo, Tito, and the players feel the pieces can be put back together again and the team can move forward this year then I'm all for that, but that's not the vibe I'm getting. Tito's eaten a lot of shit from Manny pretty much without complaint, so he's not a baby about this, nor has the team been.
Everything good ends. The enormously successful Manny era seems to be ending. It sucks, but there it is.