According to Peter Gammons, there was one deal that was almost made at the deadline, before it was nixed at the last minute:
Manny would have gone to the Mets; Hanley Ramirez and Mets players would have gone to Tampa Bay; Lastings Milledge and Anibel Sanchez would have gone to Cincinnati; and Boston would have received Cameron, Dunn, Aubrey Huff and Trever Miller. Tampa Bay had killed it by Saturday morning by reminding people why they are the worst franchise in modern baseball history and upping requests.
And had that happened, I — a lifelong Reds fan — would have gone to bed as a Boston Redsox fan. What a miserable deal that would have been for the Reds.
Of course, it’s clear that the Reds don’t appreciate what they have in Dunn, so it wouldn’t have surprised me.
Then again, Gammons’ track record on these things isn’t great, so I’m going to give Dan O’Brien the benefit of the doubt.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.
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