Gotta give Kenny Wiliams credit.
The White Sox general manager is considered one of the most aggressive GMs in the game, and word that he's chasing Manny Ramirez shouldn't come as a surprise. Remember the "big deal " the ChiSox had brewing that may have scuttled the Edwin Jackson trade? Yeah, the guy Williams was trying to get was ManRam.
Obviously, that didn't work out, but Kenny isn't done trying. He's trying once more, although the odds are long.
The Dodgers have asked Chicago for Dayan Viciedo in any Ramirez trade, reports SI.com's Jon Heyman. Viciedo was the No. 6 prospect for the White Sox entering the season according to Baseball America and is currently sharing time at third base with Omar Vizquel. In 59 at-bats, he has yet to draw a walk but is hitting .322 with five doubles and two home runs. The future looks bright for him.
However, as FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal just said on the MLB Network, Chicago asked L.A. to pay all but one million of Manny's remaining $6.7 million due this year -- something the Dodgers outright rejected. Given the Dodgers are the ones that have been trying to save money the last two-to-three years, the fact that Chicago made this request is odd.
The White Sox are trying desperately to acquire a hitter. They missed out on Lance Berkman, headed to the Yankees, when Berkman exercised his no-trade clause to block a trade to Chicago. They have been trying since the beginning of time to steal Adam Dunn away from the Nationals, but the Nationals have an exorbitant trade price. Chicago acquired Edwin Jackson from the Diamondbacks in the hopes they could flip him for Washington, but the Nats are balking -- and the White Sox are reportedly furious .
Williams may not succeed in his pursuit of a hitter, but he's certainly trying.
The Dodgers aren't shopping Ramirez, but are taking calls from not just the White Sox, but the Rays and a "mystery team," a near-requisite for any Scott Boras client to have as Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports . Although the Dodgers are in contention for a postseason spot, the club recently acquired Scott Podsednik who could take over a full-time role.
-- Evan Brunell
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