Earlier today, MLBnewsonline joked that there was no way in hell Ned Colletti had anything to do with the Manny Ramirez trade. Bob Nightengale confirmed this on KLAC radio, saying that it was instead Frank McCourt who made the phone calls.
Nightengale said the teams had agreed on Andy LaRoche, but that the Pirates were insisting on Bryan Morris or Chin-Lung Hu. Ultimately, McCourt made the decision to include Morris, and the deal got done. Ned Colletti can probably start looking for a new job (not as a GM).