Report: Ramirez-to-Mets deal collapsed

A megadeal that would have put Manny Ramirez in a Mets uniform was nearly complete, <I>Newsday</I> reported Sunday, but the trade collapsed when GM Omar Minaya asked for additional money. <P> Rumors of Ramirez heading to the Mets in a swap that would have shipped Cliff Floyd to Fenway Park in exchange for the World Series MVP made the rounds during the MLB Winter Meetings last weekend in Anaheim, Calif., and appear to have been more than just hot stove fluff.

According to the newspaper, Red Sox brass appeared confident they were coming close to completing the deal, but were stunned at the last minute when Minaya decided he needed an additional $12 million to close the trade.

That spoiled an opportunity for the Red Sox to acquire J.D. Drew, Newsday reported, because Boston was only planning on forking over $2 million to unload Ramirez's contract.


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