Transaction Analysis

Red Sox sign Manny Ramirez for 8 years, $160 million

Wow. You never thought this would happen. It doesn’t seem as crazy in the wake of the A-Rod bombshell, but $20 million a year is a level I never thought Manny would reach. Is it too much? Probably, in a purely baseball sense, but it’s better to overpay for a superstar than a Kevin Appier or a Derek Bell, and with all the deferred money in the deal, this becomes a worthwhile contract for the Sox.

Manny immediately transforms one of the worst offenses in baseball last season into a force to be reckoned with. Everyone knows what Ramirez can do with the bat, and inserting him into a line-up behind two-time defending AL batting champion Nomar Garciaparra (which Jimy Williams may or may not do...) should only increase his production. The best thing about the Sox signing Ramirez is that now everyone else can hit in the spot in the batting order that they’re best suited for. Last year they didn’t have a legitimate clean-up hitter, and the offensive production was brutal. For the next 8 years, they have one of the best in the game.

The thing with this signing compared to the other big three signings is that Ramirez addresses a glaring need of the Red Sox. Do the Yankees need another starting pitcher more than a big bat or some youth? Do the Rangers need A-Rod any more than they need any pitcher? Do the Rockies need any pitcher? The fact that Boston needs Manny this bad makes this TripleSteal’s first grand slam. It’s a lot of money, but Boston couldn’t have spent it any more wisely than this.

Triple Steal Rating: Grand Slam

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TripleSteal Rating Scale:
Grand Slam - A can't miss move; automatically makes the team considerably better.
Home Run -
A great move; will help the team now and down the road.
Triple -
A good move; plugs a temporary hole or will help in the future.
Double -
An average move; team will get what they paid for.
Single -
A head-scratcher; could help, but we definitely don't see how.
Out -
A panic move; tells fans "hey, we're trying..."
Double Play -
A disaster; will make fans angry just thinking about it.

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