The Los Angeles Dodgers got a nibble after putting oft-injured, high-priced slugger Manny Ramirez on waivers earlier in the week. The Chicago White Sox were rewarded the rights to the mercurial left fielder on Friday. The White Sox and Dodgers have until 1:30 PM ET on Tuesday to work out a trade, pending Ramirez agreeing to waive his no-trade clause to go to Chicago.
If Ramirez were to resist a trade, there has been rumors that the Dodgers will keep Ramirez on the bench all season. That, of course, may hurt the Dodgers more so than Ramirez since the Dodgers are just five games back in the Wild Card and are trying to make a late-season run and the fact that three teams(all of which contenders, mind you) showed interest in Ramirez despite his down year may give Man-Ram enough confidence that he can lock down a contract when he hits free agency at the end of the year. Ramirez has sat out the last three games, but manager Joe Torre denies it has anything to do with L.A. and Chicago working out a trade for their star left fielder.
The Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays also put in claims, but the White Sox inevitably won out. Chicago was rumored to have been asking about Manny during the trading deadline last month and GM Ken Williams has a reputation for being aggressive when it comes to improving his team. Chicago is 4.5 games back of Minnesota in the AL Central and 9 games back in the AL Wild Card. Adding Ramirez, who is still a potent bat even in an off year like this one, makes the White Sox lineup potentially devastating with Manny being sandwiched in between sluggers Carlos Quentin(24 HRs, 80 RBI) and Paul Konerko(.319, 32 HR, 92 RBI).
Ramirez may not be the only Dodger on the next thing smoking out of town. Los Angeles placed recently-acquired pitcher Ted Lilly on waivers on Friday in an effort to save the team from paying any expiring contracts if L.A. does fall deeper out of the race. Teams have until Tuesday to put a claim in on Lilly, who is 8-8 with a 3.27 ERA this season.
Expect the Dodgers to wait until the last minute on both deals, as they are trying to keep their scant hopes at the playoffs alive. It’s unknown what the Dodgers would want back for Ramirez, other than mainly asking Chicago to pay most, if not all, of the $4.3 million left on his contract. So, keep an eye on the Dodgers in the standings these next few days. If they start to close in on the Wild Card by Tuesday, things may start to get interested. If they continue to disappoint like they have all season, let the fire sale begin.
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