Red Sox owner Henry: We've been straight with Manny

Updated: July 17, 2008, 1:58 PM ET
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Manny Ramirez's comments about his dealings with the Boston Red Sox front office hit a nerve with ownership.

Manny Ramirez
William Perlman/US PresswireManny Ramirez's comments at the All-Star Game raised some hackles in Boston.
At the All-Star Game in New York, Ramirez said he is hoping for a meeting with management to let him know what his future will be. The Red Sox hold one-year options on Ramirez for 2009 and 2010 at $20 million each. If they don't pick up the option for 2009, Ramirez becomes a free agent.

"I want no more [expletive] where they tell you one thing and behind your back they do another thing," Ramirez told the Boston Herald. "I think I've earned that respect, for a team to sit down with me and tell me this is what we want, this is what we want to do."

On Wednesday, Red Sox principal owner John Henry took exception with that statement.

"I find remarks that we have been anything other than completely straightforward to be personally offensive," Henry said in an e-mail, according to the Herald. "Manny has been a crucial part of two world championships. I do not believe we would have won either without him. He has never played a more important role than he has thus far this year."

Earlier this week, Ramirez said he wants to stay in Boston, but wants to know what the Red Sox have in mind.

"To be honest with you, I don't know, I want to stay in Boston, but I want to sit down after the season with ownership and see what my future is going to be in Boston," he said, according to the Herald. "Let's see, but the ball is in my court. If they don't pick it up, I'm a free agent and I'll go play somewhere else. We'll see."

"It's not to protect myself. I just want to know what my future is going to be," he added. "I just want them to tell me, 'We're going to take it year by year,' or, 'We're going to do this.' That's fine. Just so I know what's going on with my situation."