LEEInks list: Boston athletes who requested a trade
|06.23.10 at 7:47 am ET|
Last week, offensive lineman Logan Mankins expressed his frustration with the Patriots by requesting a trade. As is often the case, money is the root of the player’s discontent. Other times, a lack of playing time leads to a request for change of scenery. And there are other reasons as well. Here are 10 Boston athletes who requested, demanded or pushed to be traded by their behavior.
10. Kyle McLaren – Dealing with injuries after seven years with the Bruins, McLaren was insulted when the Bruins proposed a two-way contract, a rarity for a veteran of McLaren’s stature. The former No. 9 overall pick asked for a trade, and his wish was granted when he was shipped to San Jose in 2002.
9. Jason Allison – The star center was coming off a 95-point season in 2000-01 and had inherited the role of captain from Bruins legend Ray Bourque. But when the teams disagreed on an appropriate yearly salary by a reported $2 million, Allison held out and made it clear he would not play for the Bruins at a discounted rate. Allison was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in October 2001, and he got his money: approximately $20 million for three years. In the Bruins’ defense, it should be noted that Allison hardly earned his money in LA, playing a year and a half and posting solid but unspectacular numbers before being sidelined by injuries.
8. Jay Payton – Payton joined the team before the 2005 season as a fourth outfielder. Only, he viewed himself as deserving of more regular playing time. In June, he asked to be traded. To force the Sox’ hand, he got into a confrontation with manager Terry Francona during a game in early July, complaining that he wasn’t hitting high enough in the order. He would then be designated for assignment and traded to Oakland. Once an official member of the A’s, Payton hit a home run in his first at-bat to begin his career on the right foot with the California ballclub.
7. David Wells — Wells came to Boston in 2005 as a free agent, signing a two-year deal. After a slow start that included a stint on the disabled list, Wells turned it on and finished with a record of 15-7 with a 4.45 ERA. Following the season, the California native requested a trade to the West Coast but later rescinded it. Wells would struggle in 2006, and with Boston’s playoff chances looking dim, the Sox traded him to San Diego in August.
6. Dave Roberts — Every Red Sox fan will remember Roberts’ steal in Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS vs. the Yankees. Following the ’04 World Series title, the Sox knew that Roberts wanted to do more than be a substitute or pinch run, so they traded him to San Diego in exchange for outfielder Jay Payton. This was about as amicable a situation could be involving a trade request.
5. Ty Law –Law wanted to be the highest paid cornerback in the NFL following the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory in 2004, and he became furious with the front office when it did not accommodate his demand and broke off negotiations. “Right now, it’s not about money,” Law told The Boston Globe in March of ’04. “That bridge is burned. I no longer want to be a Patriot. I can’t even see myself putting on that uniform again, that’s how bad I feel about playing here.” His contract would be bought out and Law would continue his career playing for the Jets, Chiefs and Broncos.
4. Drew Bledsoe — After being leveled by Jets linebacker Mo Lewis in the second game of the 2001 season, Drew Bledsoe would never return to his role as the starting quarterback of the Patriots. An untested backup named Tom Brady would succeed Bledsoe as the focal point of the Patriots offense for the remainder of the 2001 season and beyond. Brady would lead the Patriots to the franchise’s first Super Bowl victory that season. While Bledsoe never publicly stated he wanted to leave New England, he made it clear he wanted to start, and that led to a trade to the Bills.
3. Nomar Garciaparra – His performance early on in Boston was spectacular, but beginning in late 2003, Garciaparra began to lose his momentum. Offseason contract negotiations became contentious, and Garciaparra’s agent reportedly told the Sox they should explore options for trading the All-Star shortstop because their offer was too low. So, that’s what they did, much to Garciaparra’s surprise and dismay. Eventually, after the Alex Rodriguez deal fell through, Garciaparra returned, but he was not happy. At the trade deadline in 2004, he was dealt to the Cubs in a blockbuster move that led to a World Series championship to Boston. After spending time with the Cubs, Dodgers and A’s, Garciaparra returned this year to sign a one-day contact with the Red Sox and officially retire. He expressed to the media how important this decision was to end his career as member of the Red Sox and how he continued to feel close to the team, even after he was traded.
2. Ray Bourque – During the 1999–2000 season, Ray Bourque requested a trade so that he would have the chance to win a Stanley Cup before hanging up his skates for good. Bruins general manager Harry Sinden obliged, sending the defenseman to Colorado, where, one year later, Bourque won his Cup.
1. Manny Ramirez - Numerous trade rumors surrounded Ramirez during his time with the Red Sox, despite two World Series championships. Ramirez made a habit out of asking the front office to trade him before rescinding his request. Eventually, Theo Epstein pulled the trigger to get rid of Ramirez in 2008, following immature behavior and a lack of effort that alienated the slugger’s teammates. The Sox landed Pirates outfielder Jason Bay in a multi-team deal that sent Ramirez to the Dodgers.
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