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Report: White Sox to claim Manny Ramirez

Posted on: August 24, 2010 1:26 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2010 3:26 pm
 
Manny Ramirez The White Sox intend to claim Manny Ramirez off trade waivers, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

At five games behind the Twins and sliding out of the division race, GM Kenny Williams is certainly doing what he can to shore the team up for the stretch drive even if that means taking on someone who hasn't proven he can hit or even take the field.

At 67-57, there is no team ahead of the ChiSox in the American League that would be interested in Ramirez, and it's not likely any other NL team would have interest as well, given Ramirez's complete lack of defensive ability.

If claimed, the Dodgers could simply opt to let Ramirez go as Scott Podsednik gives the Dodgers three viable outfielders as they pretend to still be in the postseason hunt. Ramirez is due roughly $4 million the rest of the way, but only $1 million payable in 2010. The remainder is deferred, which could be both a good and bad thing.

The good: The claiming team would only be on the hook for one million immediately, which would allow a team to easily fit Ramirez into the team budget. The $3 million would be factored in future budgets, which is easier to do when you plan for that additional money. The bad is that Ramirez would suck up money in the future despite no tie to the team. Ask the Mets how much they enjoy having to pay Bobby Bonilla $1.1 million from 2011 to 2035 after he last played for the Mets in 1999.

Money aside, Ramirez is a risk. He's been on the disabled list three times this season with leg injuries, and has exactly two good months to his name: April and June, with OPS' over 1.000 -- and April was only half the month. In May, he posted a .643 OPS and has received only a handful of at-bats in July and August. He returned from the DL on Saturday and made three trips to the plate. He did not play Sunday and Monday. Clearly, the Dodgers are tired of Ramirez and he of the Dodgers.

Which brings us to the next risk: Manny himself. As long as Manny is hitting, teams can deal with the headaches that he brings -- sometimes. The Red Sox had enough of Ramirez to the point no team claimed him on irrevocable waivers after 2003, the season before he won MVP honors in the World Series. He was then unceremoniously traded midway through 2008 after Ramirez' antics finally wore thin. L.A. welcomed Manny with open arms and he became a hero -- until his act too wore thin in Los Angeles.

Now, he might be on the way to Chicago, which definitely needs Manny's bat in the middle of the order. The White Sox also have the luxury of hiding Ramirez' defense at DH. His no-trade clause would certainly need to be waived, and it's anyone's guess if he would do so. If we're talking a rational human being, he would likely embrace a chance to go to a team with postseason hopes, but who really knows? It's been made clear by his past that he prefers being comfortable and happy in his own mind -- as is his right -- and he appears to be just that in L.A.

Bet on a deal getting done -- the Dodgers would love to save some money and would dump Ramirez for nothing if it came to that point, which it probably will.

If Ramirez does go to the White Sox, he would join other Dodger rejects in Juan Pierre and Andruw Jones. There's a lesson here somewhere.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:09 pm
 

Report: White Sox to claim Manny Ramirez

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Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2010 3:06 pm
 

Report: White Sox to claim Manny Ramirez

A better way to end this article would have been to say: "Right now Manny could not steal Juan Pierre's Jock Strap!".
Juan Pierre is playing really well for the ChiSox.  They should avoid Manny's B.S. and either beat The Twins or go home for the year.



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2010 2:26 pm
 

Low risk but not "no risk"

While this may be a low risk pick-up for teams, considering it's late in the season and the end of Manny's contract, I hardly think there's "no risk" as some are saying.  He's been on the DL 3 times this season and has had a lot of trouble staying healthy for a few seasons now. Your team may pick him up just to pay him to sit. Manny is also one of the very few MLBers I can think of who would just give up on the field if he feels "disrespected" by his team or manager and Manny's idea of "disrespect" can be something as simple as being included on the starting lineup card.  lol

Yeah, I'm a little bitter but what can I say?  lol The guy gave up on his teammates and I find that hard to forgive.




Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: August 25, 2010 2:02 pm
 

Report: White Sox to claim Manny Ramirez

NOW VIZQUEL JUST NEEDS TO HOP ON WITH THE SOX




Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2010 12:59 pm
 

Report: White Sox to claim Manny Ramirez

Jackson is doing quite well (1.34era) in a Sox uni, Hudson was not (6.32era).



Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2010 12:39 pm
 

Report: White Sox to claim Manny Ramirez

As a Twins fan I love this move. Kenny you are a rocket scientist! That Jackson for Hudson trade was awesome. You traded a great young prospect for a guy who has bounced from the Dodgers to Tampa to Detroit to Arizona and now the White Sox. I hear Jermaine Dye is still out there, he's be a better clubhouse guy than that cancer Ramirez. 



Since: Jul 23, 2010
Posted on: August 25, 2010 11:56 am
 

Report: White Sox to claim Manny Ramirez

It is a zero risk ultimate reward scenario.

Manny will be the Designated Hitter! He will not play the outfield and therefore can't hurt the offense. No risk here.

Manny, even if not hitting, influences the way that teams pitch to other hitters. In other words, even if its not justified Manny intimidates pitchers and forces them to go after other batters.

Another angle that has to be considered here is that Boras has said that Manny wants to play next year, just not for the Dodgers. Given how selfish the man is we can EXPECT that he will do everything in his power to put outstanding numbers up. The man has always performed best when he wants to get paid. Look no further than his first stint with the Dodgers. In his last contract year the Dodgers added him at the break and Manny went on to hit .400 over 53 games with a 1.232 OPS. Imagine what a motivated Manny could do in the band box the Sox play in.

The Sox are toast at this point. They need something extreme if they want to pull this out. Manny is the one guy that can come in and make the entire offense, top to bottom, better. Why not take that shot.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2010 11:26 am
 

Report: White Sox to claim Manny Ramirez

"Andrew Jones has had a decent year compared to his last couple of years."

This statement is completely false.  Jones has been just as bad as hit last couple years (2010 .207 17HR 40RBI, uuuuugly).  He is horrible and that is exactly why it wouldn't be a negative to get Manny.   Those people saying he would do more harm than good.  What harm?  Not making the playoffs?  Well they arent making the playoffs right now, so I'd take the low risk on him helping the team.  Worst case is that they have to spend $4M and not make the playoffs.  Kenny, go get him.



Since: Jul 30, 2009
Posted on: August 25, 2010 9:50 am
 

Report: White Sox to claim Manny Ramirez

Low risk, high reward move.  If all the WSox have to take on is $4M then I'm all for it.  I think for a 5-6 week period plus playoffs the WSox and Chicago could handle Mannyantics.  I believe he still has something left in the tank and can do for the WSox what he did for the Dodgers in 2008.


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