So here’s what we know this morning. Or what we think we know. Or what others think they know. Or what others wish they think they know. Or… *take the pills, Tiger*
- The Red Sox are in discussions with Florida and Pittsburgh on a potential megadeal that would leave Manny Ramirez in Florida, one or two prospects in either or both Florida and Pittsburgh and bring at least Jason Bay to Boston.
- Those talks have been categorized as everything from not likely to succeed (Gordon Edes) to all but complete (Palm Beach Post).
- This morning, they’re being seen as having a roughly 50-50 chance of completion, according to Jayson Stark. The deal would be Bay to Boston, Jeremy Hermida and prospects to Pittsburgh, Manny and John Grabow to Florida (this is a bit of a change).
- A lot of people think the Pirates are holding this up, insisting on either or both hot-shot Marlins prospects Ryan Tucker and Mike Stanton. Florida is insistent that Stanton is off the table, but Tucker might be in play.
- The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette confirms Grabow to the Marlins, not the Red Sox, and says the Pirates "are open-minded on both fronts, the Boston-Florida one as well as Tampa, and there is no deal, tentative or otherwise, in either direction."
- Heyman and Rosenthal haven’t updated yet — probably because they’re working on the other big deal of the morning: Ken Griffey Jr. to the White Sox.
- The Boston Globe has been getting its butt handed to them for the last 24 hours. Maybe Edes’ head isn’t in the game on this, his final day with the Globe, but within hours of posting this slightly condescending "no story here" blog entry, he was forced to react to the breaking reports out of every other media market with interest in this story. The Herald hasn’t really been much better. The usual Sox sources seem to be pretty buttoned down on this one. Read into it what you will.
So, with all that sorted out, I think you’re caught up (unless something else has happened since I started this post). Feel free to comment here this morning on all trade rumors and possibilities…