The Manny X factor
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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