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Manny's LA days continue to appear numbered

Posted on: August 26, 2010 7:00 pm

Manny Ramirez continues as a hot topic on the waiver wire, but if he's going to land in Chicago with the White Sox, there's still plenty of heavy lifting to be done.

The Dodgers have not spoken with the White Sox since July 31, according to a highly placed industry source, back when Chicago general manager Kenny Williams checked into the possibility of acquiring the one-time (and still?) slugger in the last couple of hours before the non-waivers trading deadline. The Sox do, however, continue to express interest in Ramirez and are expected to make a waiver claim.

What this means, simply, is that the waivers process is running its course. Ramirez clears on Friday, through which point clubs are free to claim him (NL clubs first, then AL). At that point, the Dodgers can either allow the claiming club to have him, or they can pull him back. If they pull him back, they would have until Tuesday afternoon to work out a deal with whichever club claims him, or they could keep him (unlikely, if he's claimed).

Ramirez is owed roughly $4.3 million for the rest of the season. If a team claims him and the Dodgers simply let him walk, the claiming team would be on the hook for all of that money. What's more likely, if a team claims him, is that the Dodgers would attempt to work out a deal in which they receive prospects in return for Ramirez and they would assume some of his remaining salary. Because of deferrels in his contract, Ramirez would be owed roughly $1.3 million this year and about $3.3 million in deferred salary.

He did not play in the Dodgers' 7-1 win over the Brewers on Thursday. The two doubles he collected in the Dodgers' 5-4 win over Milwaukee on Wednesday were his first hits since June 28.

Ramirez is hitting .313 with eight homers and 40 RBI in only 64 games this season. He's spent three different stints on the disabled list this season, twice for a strained right calf. He has not homered since June 19 -- a span of 48 at-bats.

While it is clear that Ramirez is a short-timer in Los Angeles -- his contract expires at the end of this season -- what's not clear is his exact expiration date.

He has full no-trade powers and could nix any deal. It is believed that he would accept a trade to the White Sox -- or an American League team -- because given his leg injuries, he's best suited now to be a DH.



Since: May 4, 2007
Posted on: August 27, 2010 2:46 pm

Manny's LA days continue to appear numbered

Yeah, just released that the Rangers claimed Manny first, but lost him when the White Sox, with a worse record, claimed him right before the deadline.  This article was written last night at 7:00 PM.  Not sure why they have issued an updated story yet.  Even if it hasn't been confirmed yet.  Not like it's's policy to publish anything without verifying facts, let alone editing. Smile

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: August 27, 2010 2:42 pm

Manny's LA days continue to appear numbered

Not sure how reliable that high industry source is.  I hear the Sox got him.

Since: Oct 4, 2007
Posted on: August 27, 2010 12:17 pm

Manny's LA days continue to appear numbered

Manny will go to another team and express a huge amount of enthusiasm as he tears up opposing pitching for the next month. Or, he stays and is complacent to be a Dodger and does a bit better than average with no enthusiasm at all, waiting until he gets a chance once again for free agency and a big contract. Either way, it's all about what's good for Manny.

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: August 26, 2010 10:41 pm

Manny's LA days continue to appear numbered

The only team that Manny would even approve a move to would be the Chicago White Sox.  They are only 3.5 games out of first and with the pop if the bat he would bring the team the last month of the season, I would totally do it.  I could care less if he was a head case and if he is owed just over $4 mil.  We have a manager that can make the best out of any situation.  Frankly, for the White Sox to pass the Twins to win the AL Central, they need another bat.  I don't know where Scott Miller is getting his information, but sources close to the White Sox and the Dodgers is that a deal is close.  Both teams, especially the White Sox, obviously cannot discuss scenarios because of tampering issues.  Don't be surprised to see Manny on the south side sometime next week barring a snag in negotiations.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2010 7:33 pm

Manny's LA days continue to appear numbered

Not many teams would be interested in Manny in my opinion, A lot of salary for just a little over a month's employment, not to mention his being a head case and is on the downside of his career. It seems that the White Sox have fallen farther out of the race and acquiring Manny may be pointless at this point of the season. If any team were to be desperate enough to try dealng with the Devil. perhaps it is the Rays. They may be afraid of Boston lurking around. I really do not see the Rangers needing him. They have the most balanced team in baseball, a team that the Yankees must be wary of. Playoff time is very exciting this year with the Rangers and Padres as very strong and dangerous teams.

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