I'm sure everyone has different opinions on if they would enjoy having M.Ram on the Angels; I personally think it'd be a worthy risk.
We know of the prolific offense that Manny Ramirez can bring to a relatively starved offense; yet we also know the antics that Ramirez can bring and more than likely the dissolving clubhouse.
If we look at it in terms of putting a team "over top" this would be the most likely situation for any post-season bound team.
Let's say, for example, the Angels and Sox made the trade for Manny - what exactly would be involved in the trade?
1.) Manny would have to waive his no trade clause.
2.) Sox would demand at minimum 2 mlb-ready prospects.
3.) Angels would have to believe that the prospects being given up were not detrimental to the future of the organization.
Well, most people would think Manny would have to have his last two club options picked up to approve a trade - I doubt this for one reason: Vladimir Guerrero. Manny has admitted that he'd love to play with Vlad in the past, I don't see it changing anytime soon.
Yes, the Sox would probably demand 2 if not 3 mlb-ready prospects. Although, what are mlb-ready prospects? Dustin Moseley? Bootcheck? Thompson? Sean Rodriquez? I think all of us can speculate that a deal would probably center around Juan Rivera and Dustin Moseley both going to the Sox. That deal would more than likely make a lot of sense for the Sox to increase their pitching depth while still getting some power out of Rivera.
To get a valuable, although declining, hitter such as Ramirez without having to pickup his 09 and 10 options will be valuable to the Angels since they can let him go next off season, sign or bring up another outfielder and collect the compensation draft picks for him.
The deal would benefit the Angels organization in a variety of ways; is it worth it?