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.