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MANNY TO METS STILL ALIVE

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Bah. Just when I thought the Manny rumors were dead, the Boston Herald tells us otherwise.

Recent reports have suggested that Ramirez does not want to play in New York and prefers to play for Anaheim, Arizona or Cleveland. A baseball source, however, said yesterday that the Mets have received indication that reports of Ramirez not wanting to play too close to his hometown may have been a smokescreen aimed at diverting attention from the Mets' pursuit. Ramirez does have veto rights over any deal, so his consent is key.
If the Red Sox will take Mike Cameron for Manny straight-up, I say do it. Otherwise walk away. There is really no reason the Mets should have to take on Manny's enormous contract in addition to parting with numerous top prospects.