FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -Manny Ramirez switched agents and is now represented by Scott Boras.
Ramirez, entering the final guaranteed year of his contract, became the seventh player on Boston's probable 25-man roster to be represented by Boras. The Red Sox slugger had been represented by Greg Genske.
Ramirez said Thursday he'd like to retire as a member of the Red Sox. He acknowledged that's out of his control, because the team has an option on his contract in 2009 and 2010 at $20 million per season. If it doesn't pick up the option, he can become a free agent, making his agent's role more significant.
Boras, known as a tough negotiator, also represents Boston pitchers Daisuke Matsuzaka and Julian Tavarez, catcher Jason Varitek, outfielders J.D. Drew and Jacoby Ellsbury and infielder Alex Cora.
Boston general manager Theo Epstein confirmed the switch Saturday in an e-mail to The Associated Press. It originally was reported by SI.com.
Epstein and Ramirez have said they want to wait until after this season to make a decision on the option or on extending the left fielder's contract.
In January, Boras attended a round-table discussion at Fenway Park designed to raise money for Epstein's charity, the Foundation To Be Named Later. General managers Brian Cashman of the New York Yankees and J.P. Ricciardi of the Toronto Blue Jays also attended.
At the end of the session, Boras announced he was making a donation to the charity.
Ramirez signed an eight-year, $160 million contract with the Red Sox as a free agent in December 2000 when he was represented by Jeff Moorad. After Moorad became chief executive officer of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Ramirez switched to Genske.
In past years, Ramirez said he wanted to be traded by the Red Sox. That apparently has changed.
``I want to stay here, but it's up to them if they want to bring me,'' he said. ``But if they don't want to bring me back, that's fine. I know I'll be a free agent after '08 so that's another thing that I'm looking forward (to).''
Epstein praised the 35-year-old's work ethic and hitting ability.
``He's certainly in great enough shape where he can play at a high level for a long time,'' Epstein said, ``but when something like that is built into a contract it makes sense just to be patient and wait for the appropriate time to deal with it.''

Recent MLB Discussions

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Marlins Win Total Prediction After a very difficult end to 2016, can the Miami Marlins regroup and turn 2017 into an uplifting story?
Thumbnail Dodgers Win Total Prediction Will the Los Angeles Dodgersbe the team to beat in the National League in 2017? Here’s our pick for their win total this season.
Thumbnail Angels Win Total Prediction Can the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim bounce back from a disappointing 2016 season this year? Here’s our breakdown of the win...
Thumbnail Houston Astros Win Total Prediction The Houston Astros flirted with a playoff appearance in 2016. Can they have a successful season in 2017?
Thumbnail Rockies Win Total Prediction Will the 2017 season be the one where the Colorado Rockies make a move to be a winning team?

MLB Team Pages