BOSTON -- Manny Ramirez is headed to Hollywood.
The Red Sox finally parted ways with their disgruntled slugger,
sending him to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a startling, three-team
trade Thursday that brought Jason Bay to Boston.
Pittsburgh gave up Bay and wound up with four young players. The
deal was completed just before the 4 p.m. EDT deadline for making
trades without waivers.
As of early Thursday, it appeared Ramirez might be on his way to
the Florida Marlins. But when those talks fizzled, the Red Sox and
Pirates found a willing third partner in the Dodgers.
Foxsports.com and SI.com reported the trade.
The Dodgers began the day one game behind first-place Arizona in
the NL West, and were seeking a big bat. Boston, in the middle of
the AL East race and chasing a second straight World Series title,
wanted a productive hitter in return and got that in Bay.
The last-place Pirates, looking for young talent, gave up their
star outfielder and got reliever Craig Hansen and outfielder
Brandon Moss from Boston and third baseman Andy LaRoche and pitcher
Bryan Morris from the Dodgers.
LaRoche, Moss and Hansen will join Pittsburgh and Morris will go
to Class A Hickory.
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