It's not that we don't want you, it's just...
So, nobody claimed Manny Ramirez and he will remain with the Red Sox for the time being. Boston now has two options: keep him or trade him. Unlike some people, I don't think there will be any problems if the Red Sox decide to keep Ramirez.
He's still a great hitter, he's just not worth that much money for that many years. Also, it sounds like he and his agent initiated the idea of trying to get Ramirez out of Boston, so they shouldn't be offended that the Red Sox put him on waivers. Jeff Moorad even said that he was pleased that the Red Sox were trying to facilitate Manny's desire to play for the Yankees.
Plus, Manny has always been a headcase and he's often been reported to be unhappy and he's still always hit well. If he remains with Boston for next season, I won't expect him to perform any differently than he has during his first three years with the team.
That said, the Red Sox are still trying to gain more financial flexibility and they would probably still like to rid themselves of Manny's contract. That can now only be done via trade and only if the Red Sox pay part of Manny's contract. The quality of the player(s) the Red Sox get in return would depend on how much of the contract they're willing to eat.
I said several times during the World Series that I thought the Red Sox might undergo a massive overhaul this off-season and placing Ramirez on waivers has done nothing to convince me otherwise. I think they will try to trade him, but they're not going to take on somebody else's bloated contract.
This story isn't over yet and it will be interesting to see how it plays out over the next two or three months. I'll try to give my opinion this weekend on what trades we could potentially see.