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Report: Manny Almost A Marlin

It’s been reported multiple times already, but I’ll bring it here: The Marlins are dangerously close to acquiring Manny Ramirez.

The deal would send Jeremy Hermida, two Marlins prospects and a Red Sox prospect to the Pirates. The Buccos would then send Jason Bay and John Grabow to the Red Sox. The Sox would send Ramirez, cash and a prospect to the Fish.

Potentially the Marlins lineup would feature Hanley Ramirez at the top, Manny Ramirez cleanup and Dan Uggla and Mike Jacobs on the both sides of him. Throw in Jorge Cantu and Josh Willingham and you got a very strong order capable of beating a lot of teams. Yes, Virginia, the Marlins are for real, they ain’t going away and they know it.

For the Fish it’s a pretty good move, but I really like what the Sox are getting from this — they’ll get Grabow to help their already good bullpen, plus Bay, one of the game’s best outfielders. Considering they’d be getting that for Manny (and two prospects), they’re making out. Still, the Phils will be fighting with the Fish until the end, and it’ll be tough with Manny leading these guys night in and out. He’s a good fit for that club.