So long, Mannywood.
The Manny Ramirez era in Los Angeles is all over but the official shipping of the dreadlocks. A deal sending Ramirez to the Chicago White Sox is expected to happen on Monday, according to CBSSports.com sources.
Indications are that the White Sox may be awarded Ramirez via their waiver claim, which would mean they would be responsible for the remaining $4.3 million Ramirez is due in 2010 (roughly $1 million for the rest of the year, with $3.3 million deferred).
However, as of later Sunday evening the two clubs were still in discussions, and there remained the chance the White Sox would send a couple of prospects to Los Angeles in return for the Dodgers picking up some of the salary.
What the White Sox see is a sleeping giant who will be motivated once he sees fresh pastures and escapes LA, one who will improve their DH rotation that currently consists of Andruw Jones, Mark Teahen and Mark Kotsay.
What the Dodgers see is a chance to cut their losses on a one-time slugger who did great things two summers ago but who mostly has offered diminishing returns since 2009 -- and seriously diminishing returns this year.
The last official Manny Moment for the Dodgers now appears to be his impetuous -- defiant -- reaction to plate umpire Gary Cederstrom's called strike during a pinch-hitting appearance in the sixth inning of Sunday's game in Colorado.
Having been kept out of the lineup for four consecutive days, Ramirez, who also had pinch hit on Saturday, was called on to pinch hit in the sixth inning with the Dodgers down 8-2 and the bases loaded.
What followed was a bizarre moment that will go down in the annals of Manny Being Manny.
He went ballistic when Cederstrom called the first pitch -- which looked to be a couple of inches off the plate -- a strike, earning an ejection.
Yes, after called strike one.
Reed Johnson finished the at-bat by grounding into an inning-ending double play.
Though Ramirez was said not to have cursed at Cederstrom, it was another moment in a litany for Ramirez: A disgruntled man acting out in an effort to induce his current club to move him.
The dance between the White Sox and Dodgers started on July 31, when the Sox inquired about Ramirez's availability in the final couple of hours before the non-waivers trade deadline. There wasn't enough time to explore it then, but the Sox kept Ramirez in their crosshairs.
Ramirez has been on the disabled list three times this season, twice (and most recently) for a right calf strain. He's hitting .311 with a .405 on-base percentage, eight homers and 40 RBI.
After cracking two doubles Wednesday in Milwaukee, Dodgers manager Joe Torre held Ramirez out of the lineup for Thursday's series finale there and for all three games in Colorado this weekend. Among other things, Torre said he liked the "energy" brought by outfielder Scott Podsednik and he cited the vast Coors Field outfield as a reason for not playing Ramirez.
The White Sox, looking for an offensive boost, are 4 1/2 games behind Minnesota in the AL Central. If they do wind up with Ramirez as a straight-up waiver claim, it would be the second consecutive summer in which that happened. Last year, they claimed -- and were awarded -- outfielder Alex Rios from Toronto, inheriting his $60 million contract.
Ramirez has full no-trade powers but is not expected to enforce them. There is a chance he could seek financial incentives for waiving the no-trade clause, but it is believed that he wants out of Los Angeles badly enough that he will not ask for them.