One of basbeall's most accurate national correspondents, Ken Rosenthal at FOX, says that Manny Ramirez really does want out:
Ramirez evidently won't be satisfied until a deal is done, and he can wield his no-trade protection to effectively choose his next club. Thus, Epstein's replacement will begin his tenure by making a trade that likely will be unpopular and detrimental, at least in the short term.
The article is about Theo-Boy-Wonder being irreplaceable. All the tension from press like this in Boston and the grumbles from the Angels to pursue Konerko could conspire to drop Manny in our laps sooner rather than later.