Posted by David Lefort, Boston.com Staff July 31, 2008 12:35 PM
A few noteworthy tidbits from ESPN to pass along, including some comments from Manny this morning and a report that "progress is being made" toward a deal.
- "Nobody has called me from Boston, and neither has my agent [Scott Boras]," Ramírez told ESPNdeportes.com. "The only thing I know of a possible trade is what I've seen in ESPN."
- ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney, citing an executive involved in the conversations regarding Ramirez, reported that progress is being made. The feeling is momentum is building toward completion of a deal.
- Some commentary from Olney, on ESPN: "If he's not traded by 4 p.m. today, there's a 1 percent chance that he finishes the year with the Red Sox. This has gotten so ugly," said Olney, referencing Ramirez's recent trade demands and lackadiasical play.