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Manny expected to land with White Sox Monday

Posted on: August 29, 2010 8:18 pm
Edited on: August 29, 2010 9:10 pm
 

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.

Comments

Since: Mar 5, 2010
Posted on: August 30, 2010 3:43 pm
 

Manny expected to land with White Sox Monday

Anyone that says they don't want Manny to be on their team and go up to swing the bat 3 or 4 times a games is crazy.  That's it, that's all he has to do is swing the bat.  He isn't going to field so he isn't going to WANT to get hurt and take a couple weeks off.  Manny does what he wants to do.  And what he wants to do is swing the bat and make people in a new city love him for a little while and nothing else.  He did great this year as a DH during interleague. Horrible pickup for any NL team, but great pickup for any AL team!


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Since: Jul 30, 2010
Posted on: August 30, 2010 3:23 pm
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Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2010 2:41 pm
 

Manny expected to land with White Sox Monday

As long as this bum stays out of NY.  The Sox won't and can't catch the Twins, the only thing this does is get any future heat off Ozzie because you know with in a week this idiot will do something stupid that gets him on ESPN, like getting thrown out of the game yesterday argueing a strike call.  Like there was a shot in he!! he was going to change the ump's mind.  Hopefully this will be the last of this bum, he's been washed up for the past few years, and no body is going to give him the money he'll want next year.  His attitude and that little 50 game suspension, along with his lazy play if and when he wants to all but took care of him and HOF.  Nice play there stupid!



Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2010 2:05 pm
 

Manny expected to land with White Sox Monday

I wouldn't be a bit suprised if Manny does get hot down the stretch for the ChiSox! He is a gamer and will come through for the Sox.



Since: Jul 25, 2010
Posted on: August 30, 2010 1:45 pm
 

Manny expected to land with White Sox Monday

Looks dangerous in the middle of that Sox lineup. Get hot Manny!!



Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2010 1:30 pm
 

Manny expected to ruin White Sox

What a joke...oh well, now he can go to Chicago and say whatever he wants to..ozzie uses the race card for claiming his English is not good so, now Manny can join him...any hopes they had for a pennant chase just went out the window with this ass clown comin' to town..can't wait to see this all implodes !!   Nice way to end your sorry ass days in LA...this guy is a total punk



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: August 30, 2010 1:17 pm
 

Manny expected to land with White Sox Monday

That's just Shi*head being Shi*head.



Since: Apr 12, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2010 1:11 pm
 

Manny expected to land with White Sox Monday

So when does Chicago begin chemo to get rid of the cancer?



Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2010 12:58 pm
 

Manny expected to land with White Sox Monday

Manny has been a festering sore on any team that has placed him on their roster. Thank God the Red Sox got rid of him. He is, and will probably go down as one of the best hitters ever. But now that he's steroid tainted, even that won't get him into Cooperstown. Too bad for the Chi Sox, I'd deal with the light hitting in their DH spot rather than pull the spotlight away from a team making a serious run at the playoffs. Manny will want that spotlight, and not want to share it with anything so unselfish as a team!



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: August 30, 2010 12:43 pm
 

Manny expected to land with White Sox Monday

To reiterate, this is not a bad move.  If you think it is, PLEASE take a look at what the DH by committee is currently doing.  Kotsay, Teahen, Jones DH committee: .233avg 7HR 24RBI .339OBP  = Horrible


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