Friday, October 21, 2005

Wells asks for Trade....

(Boston Globe Staff Photo /Jim Davis)
Wells Looking to Finish Career out West

According to a story by the Boston Globe's Gordon Edes this morning, Wells requests Trade, the Hefty Lefty David Wells plans to play in his 20th season this coming spring, but just not in a Red Sox' uniform. Wells, who turns 43 on May 20, and is going to have knee surgery this off-season, is guaranteed 2.5 mil this coming season, but says he would like to finish his career on the West Coast, where he has a home in San Diego.

The Red Sox already have pitchers Curt Schilling, Tim Wakefield, and Matt Clement under contract, as well as stud youngster Jonathan Papelbon, but the loss of Wells would not go overlooked if traded. There are a few upper-tier starters available on the free agent market, including AJ Burnett, Kevin Millwood, and Matt Morris, but if the Sox don't land one of those players, the effect of Wells leaving may be devastating.

Wells was a pleasant surprise for not only myself, but I think for the Red Sox organization as well. He was able to earn the 9 million dollar limit through performance bonuses, and he was a staple in the rotation all year. He always showed up in big games, and he probably would have beaten the White Sox in Game 2 if it had not been for an untimely error. His one year spent in a Red Sox uniform was a very productive one, and besides a few bone-head comments to the media, he was a consummate professional, who showed up to work and got the job done more than not. If he would like to be traded, I think he has earned that right through his play throughout his career, and the Red Sox should abide by his request. Who knows... Maybe they'll ship him back to San Diego and get the guy he was originally traded for last season, the guy no one in Red Sox nation wanted to see get away last season... Dave Roberts... You heard it here first...

The Manny Ramirez for Carlos Beltran was all but shot down today as well in Edes' story this morning. He says that a "well-placed industry source" has dismissed the rumors that the Red Sox are offering up Manny Ramirez for Carlos Beltran, and that the Mets seem to be interested, saying... ''The Mets love Carlos Beltran," the source said. ''He isn't going anywhere."....

According to a story by Peter Gammons on ESPN.com, Anaheim tops Ramirez' trade list, Manny actually has no interest in going to the Mets at all, and according to Gammons, the Red Sox have not even offered Ramirez to the Mets so far this off-season.. Greg Genske, Ramirez' agent, says in the story, that if Ramirez does request to be traded, "his preference would be Anaheim. He also still loves Cleveland, and would go back there." Gammons goes on to say:
The problem is that if the Red Sox baseball operations had their way, the only way Ramirez would be traded is if they could restock themselves with a young corner outfielder, a center fielder and pitching. Their feeling is that with so much money floating around the industry and so few quality free agents, Ramirez's contract -- three years remaining at a present-day value of slightly more than $17 million -- will not be that bad come spring training....
That's all for news today from the Red Sox front... The World Series starts tomorrow... Should be a good one...

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