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White Sox officially acquire Manny

Posted on: August 30, 2010 2:45 pm
Edited on: August 30, 2010 3:00 pm

The long, slow waiver dance is over: Manny Ramirez officially became property of the Chicago White Sox on Monday afternoon via their waiver claim, sources with knowledge of the talks told

The Dodgers and White Sox attempted to negotiate a trade Monday morning, according to sources, but the talks never gained traction. The Dodgers weren't thrilled with the prospects the White Sox offered, opting instead to dump the disgruntled player on the Sox.

Chicago now will be responsible for the entirety of the roughly $4.3 million left on Ramirez's 2010 contract -- roughly $1 million up front, and $3.3 million deferred.

Ramirez was said to still be in Los Angeles as of midday Monday PDT and planned to travel to Cleveland to join the White Sox later in the day. The Sox hope to have him in the lineup Tuesday for the middle game of their three-game series in Cleveland.

The White Sox hope Ramirez serves as an improvement from their current designated-hitter rotation of Andruw Jones, Mark Kotsay and Mark Teahen. It's not an altogether unfamiliar role for Manny: When he joined the Dodgers in 2008, he was acquired to beef up an offense that was being dragged down in part by the highly disappointing play of, yes, Jones.

Part of the reason the White Sox see this as a calculated gamble is because they think they will be receiving a highly motivated Manny who will be playing for a new contract (sound familiar?). A free agent this winter, Ramirez, at 38, has told friends he wants to play again next year and knows he needs a job in the American League, where he would DH. After leaving LA, Ramirez essentially will spend September in the dual role of trying to push the White Sox into the playoffs while playing for a 2011 contract.

So, the last official Manny Moment for the Dodgers was his 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 acquisition culminates a month of interest from the White Sox, who first approached the Dodgers in the final couple of hours on July 31, before the non-waivers trading deadline. There wasn't enough time to explore it then, but the Sox maintained interest.

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 been on the disabled list three times this season, twice (and most recently) for a right calf strain. He's hitting .313 with eight homers and 40 RBI in 64 games and has not homered over his past 50 at-bats. The two doubles he collected Wednesday in Milwaukee were his first hits since June 28.


Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2010 11:46 pm

White Sox officially acquire Manny

It may have got a -1, but I five stared that sh * t

"Do he have to get and haircut"


& the sad part is, being from Dolton, he can't even blame CPS...

Since: Apr 16, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2010 11:28 pm

White Sox officially acquire Manny

That negative 1 (-1) comment was so classic.  Bad grammar on "do he", then a typo on "and" instead of "an", when it should have been "a" anyway.  I'm laughing too.  Classic.

Since: Aug 30, 2010
Posted on: August 30, 2010 10:04 pm

White Sox officially acquire Manny

What can Manny do for the Sox? UHHH....hit homeruns! He was soooo ready for the AL. But this smells of desperation by the Sox, regardless, I hope they can catch the Twinks.

Since: Apr 29, 2009
Posted on: August 30, 2010 7:45 pm

White Sox officially acquire Manny

Dear Mr. Miller,
Did you actually watch the clip of the called strike on an outside pitch? It was unquestionably a missed call.  Unlike yourself I actually saw the clip; I'm wondering why you wrote that Manny went ballistic? Do you need to embelish to prove your point? Manny will kick butt for the next month. He is the natural. He is also a troublemaker and a drama queen; but trust that Manny will be a stud for the rest of this year!

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: August 30, 2010 7:32 pm

White Sox officially acquire Manny

Nahhh, the twins acquiring Fuentes put them over the top. That bullpen is strong now.

Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2010 6:13 pm

White Sox officially acquire Manny

Something seems fishy about the "disgruntled" part, I agree.
Seems like LaLa is pawning this off as Manny being Manny as opposed to Dodgers unloading veteran contracts.
Makes for good theater, and ESPN types are loving this.
Baseball can be belly belly boring at times.

Since: May 30, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2010 6:01 pm

White Sox officially acquire Manny

I have never seen a (-1) as a score for a comment.  Congrats. That takes some skill. I am still laughing , and I read your post 10 minutes ago.

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: August 30, 2010 6:00 pm

White Sox officially acquire Manny

The Twins have a record of 4-3 vs. Texas despite playing 3 of those games in Minneapolis and 4 in Arlington.  That suggests that the Twins are better than the Rangers despite the results of that last series.  They're also 10-5 against the White Sox this year so far, with 9 of those games in Minneapolis and 6 in Chicago.

Since: May 30, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2010 5:54 pm

I'm not saying , I'm just saying.

This will be the first time in Manny's career that he has a Latin-American manager.

1993-1999  CLE
2000     &
nbsp;    CLE
2001     &
nbsp;    BOS
2002-2003  BOS 
2004-2008  BOS

2009-2010  LAD

NOW- 2010

This will be an interesting experiment to see how Manny reacts under a fellow Latin Manager. Some people shine under bosses or teachers and coaches or managers who went threw what you went threw. Grew up how you grew up. There might be a resurgence in Manny that might shock some people. Ozzie is the type of Manager that pulls everything out of his players. They LOVE him. I am sure Ozzie and Manny will have that connection , the question is will it bring something out of Manny that we have never seen before? Let's watch and find out!

Since: May 28, 2009
Posted on: August 30, 2010 4:21 pm

White Sox officially acquire Manny

Alot of season left still and I'm not worried about Manny since our relief pitching is the question here and it's been the deciding factor that has open the door for the Twins to take the over first place! Let's face it the Twins are not exactly on a tear and any good team they have played lately has been Texas and look what happen there!

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