Rotoworld reports a Sox source touting a "legitimate offer" for Manny Ramirez, one that revolves around "young pitching". No teams are specifically sourced for this offer, though Rotoworld speculates. Color us a bit skeptical. We grant the Red Sox the same leeway to concoct "legitimate offers" that agents like Scott Boras present when leveraging teams against each other. This SF has no doubts that the Sox would leak the availability of a "legitimate offer", real or not, to get other teams off their duffs, if that’s even possible.
The last time the Sox had a deal for Manny it was for, at the very least, fair value: Alex Rodriguez. We have our barometer, though it is two years later. Should be an interesting couple of days.