Ramirez traded, Canadian goes to Boston
It is difficult to replace Manny Ramirez, but replacing him with Jason Bay may turn out to be a great move in the long run. The on/off-field shenanigans by Manny became tiresome, and with Bay, they include a great hitter as well as someone without the on/off-field baggage Manny sometimes carry with him.
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.