It's worth remembering when evaluating the evaporated market for Manny Ramirez — who should have had no trouble commanding $25 million a year for at least three years, given his performance at the end of last season — that he went into 2008 a bargain at $20 million and the Red Sox seemingly likely to pick up at least one of the two options they had on him.
But Ramirez, shortly after signing up with Scott Boras, suddenly discovered the potential benefits of free agency and did everything in his power to engineer a trade that would strip away two team options and make him a free agent this offseason.
Well, Manny got what he wished for, and other teams have certainly noticed. For example, Brian Sabean and the San Francisco Giants, a team that has long been invoked as the "other team" in the Manny sweepstakes.
"It's going to have to make business sense and it's going to have to make baseball sense with a player who certainly has a tremendous upside in the end and some warts that still leave him on the market because of what his lack of all-around play is and what his past has been in previous organizations."
If Ramirez gets less than two years or $40 million, it will go down as Scott Boras' second significant miscalculation in the same offseason. Couldn't happen to a more deserving guy.