Angels to make bid for Manny

By wire services
Published November 4, 2005

BOSTON - The Red Sox are reported to be involved in a blockbuster that Theo Epstein possibly could assist in engineering on his way out.

The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday the Angels are making a bid for leftfielder Manny Ramirez in a three-team trade that would include the Diamondbacks.

The deal would send Arizona third baseman Troy Glaus and Angels first baseman Darin Erstad to the Red Sox. Arizona would receive additional players and prospects.

The independent Brockton Rox, who play about 30 minutes south of Fenway Park, offered Epstein their GM job. "It's assumed that Epstein is looking for a greater challenge," the team with a player payroll of $87,500 - far less than Boston's $126.8-million payroll this year - said in a statement.

JONES IS PLAYERS' CHOICE: Atlanta outfielder Andruw Jones was voted the Players Choice player of the year by major-leaguers. Jones also was picked as the NL's outstanding player, and Boston designated hitter David Ortiz was selected in the AL.

DODGERS: The team received permission to interview former Indians and Rangers general manager John Hart for its vacant GM job, and plans to talk to current club executive Kim Ng. The L.A. Times reported that Florida GM Larry Beinfest also has a strong interest.

INDIANS: Manager Eric Wedge moved third-base coach Joel Skinner to the bench and switched Jeff Datz from first base to third. Minor-league manager Luis Rivera will coach first base.

PADRES: The team acquired Nationals third baseman Vinny Castilla for right-hander Brian Lawrence and cash.

YANKEES: Tony Pena was hired as first-base coach, the third ex-manager added to Joe Torre's staff this week. Pena was the Royals' manager from May 2002 to May 2005.

Baez joins Latin Fest

Devil Rays All-Star closer Danys Baez will be a celebrity server from noon-12:30 today Latin Fest 2005 in Lykes Gaslight Park in downtown Tampa (400 N Franklin St.). Baez will sign autographs from 12:30-1:30 and the Rays will auction items autographed by other players, with proceeds going to Hispanic Heritage Committee. The Rays are a major sponsor of Latin Fest for the first time.

In other Rays news, with second interviews planned next week with managerial finalists Joe Maddon and John McLaren, officials also plan to have a second informational phone conversation in the next few days with Bobby Valentine to explore his interest.

Second baseman Roberto Alomar and outfielder Danny Bautista, who retired during spring training, were reinstated from the voluntary retired list and filed for free agency, though it is not clear if either plans to attempt a comeback.

Times staff writer Marc Topkin contributed to this report.