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The Manny X factor

Updated: November 29, 2006, 11:07 AM ET
Spoke with an official Tuesday who said that on a scale of 1 to 10, the chances of the Red Sox dealing Manny Ramirez are "a 9." The Dodgers remain in the best position to make the trade, if they become devoted to the idea of landing Ramirez, and Michael Silverman reports that the Red Sox are close to getting what they want for Ramirez.

But remember this: Boston GM Theo Epstein could do all kinds of work in these trade talks and reach an agreement, and the whole thing could still blow up. Manny could be Manny one more time.

After repeatedly requesting a trade, Ramirez could look at his possible destination and say, "No thanks." Or he could effectively kill the trade talks by demanding a large contract extension in return for approving the deal.

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