FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Boston Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez in a three-team blockbuster trade, pending the approval of the commissioner's office, according to a source with knowledge of the deal.
ESPNews reports the Pittsburgh Pirates traded outfielder Jason Bay to the Red Sox. The Pirates will receive third baseman Andy LaRoche and pitcher Bryan Morris from the Dodgers along with outfielder Brandon Moss and reliever Craig Hansen from the Red Sox.
Ramirez instantly becomes the Dodgers' team leader in home runs with 20 as outfielder Matt Kemp previously led with 12 homers. Ramirez is hitting .299 with 68 RBIs in 100 games. Ramirez joins a lineup that could have speedy outfielder Juan Pierre, Kemp and catcher Russell Martin at the top of the lineup with second baseman Jeff Kent and first baseman James Loney following him.
Ramirez's value probably declines very little because Dodger Stadium is more pitcher-friendly than Fenway Park and the lineup is weaker than Boston's. Regardless, he's still an elite fantasy outfielder regardless of location, and the change in scenery should not worry fantasy owners.
The Dodgers now have a crowded outfield, with the likely setup putting Ramirez in left field, Pierre in center field and a likely platoon of Kemp and Andre Ethier in right field. Underachieving outfielder Andruw Jones is likely headed to the bench on a permanent basis. Ethier loses the most value here because he was playing in place of Jones.
Bay's value rises with his arrival in the Red Sox lineup. Bay is hitting .282 with 22 homers and 64 RBIs on the season. It's likely that Bay will hit fourth between the left-handed hitting Ortiz and outfielder J.D. Drew; he'll be the right-handed bat to split the lefties in the heart of the order.
Bay has gone 3-for-12 with two doubles at Fenway Park in his career, but the Green Monster in left field could benefit him greatly. The value of Ortiz and Drew could potentially take a slight hit because Bay isn't as staggering of a power presence as Ramirez. Ortiz could be pitched around more often.
For those in AL- or NL-only leagues, acquiring Ramirez or Bay will likely cost nearly your entire Free Agent Acquisition Budget (FAAB).
The prospects headed to Pittsburgh don't have a lot of value right now. LaRoche has potential if he garners consistent playing time, but he would have to outplay Jose Bautista this season. He should earn the job in 2009, but he should still be stashed in NL-only setups this year in case he arrives sooner.
The wild card here is Hansen, who can throw in the high 90s. If he can earn the interim closer role while closer Matt Capps (shoulder) is out, he could be a waiver wire steal. Keep an eye on him in all leagues.
Moss and Morris are only suitable in deep NL-only formats.
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