Okay, I'm only partly serious. Apparently Ramirez is uber-popular in the Oakland clubhouse, and though his contract is heavy ($57m over the next three years), my real question is this... what's his freakin' problem?
Who wants out of Boston, after you've won a World Series and you're earning 19 mil a year? I'd play for the Fallujah Freedom-Fighters for that kind of money, and love every second of it.
Is this a push to get into pinstripes?In the Aug. 1 issue of Sports Illustrated, Tom Verducci will report that Ramirez has asked to be traded for the third time in the last four seasons. He reportedly told Red Sox officials he is unhappy in Boston, particularly because he feels he has no privacy in his life off the field.
If this is true, I can't see him moving to NY, but where could he move and not have his privacy invaded? KC? Florida? The indie leagues?According to Verducci, Ramirez first asked to be dealt during spring training in 2002, and again after the next season. He also pleaded with Sox owner John Henry to stay in Boston when the Sox were trying to deal him to the Texas Rangers as part of the Alex Rodriguez deal before the 2004 season.
Ramirez was slow out of the gate this season, but has heated up with the weather. For the season, he's now hitting .277 with 27 homers and 90 RBIs.
Baffling to me... but dare we dream about him in Athletics Green?