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Report: Baseball probes Ramirez' trade

Los Angeles Dodgers Manny Ramirez at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on August 5, 2008. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)
Los Angeles Dodgers Manny Ramirez at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on August 5, 2008. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt) | License Photo

BOSTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Major league officials are investigating the circumstances leading up to Boston's trade of disgruntled outfielder Manny Ramirez to the LA Dodgers.

The Boston Globe revealed details about Ramirez's unhappiness with the reigning World Series champions in a report Friday.

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Boston had the option of signing Ramirez to a $20 million contract for the 2009 season but the report said the 36-year-old left fielder and his agent, Scott Boras, wanted him to be free agent after this season, and he allegedly chose to use tactics like jogging to first base on ground balls, sitting out games and playing at half speed.

The report said Boras called the REd Sox and said Ramirez would stay and play hard for the rest of this year if the club merely dropped the options.

"In no way did I make a call regarding having the trade intervened with," Boras told the newspaper. "My job is to do what is best for my client. It was Boston's decision to trade him."

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