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UPDATE: White Sox, Rays and Angels in on Manny Ramirez

Jul 31, 2010, 2:05 PM EDT

UPDATE: While Dylan Hernandez reports the Angels are in it, Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports disagrees, saying they are not the third “mystery team.” I just don’t see this one happening, anyway. Makes for exciting trade deadline fodder, but I think he’s more of an August possibility.

12:38 PM:
Mystery team identified? Maybe. A source tells Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that the Angels are also in the mix for Manny Ramirez.

12:25 PM: According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, three teams have
called the Dodgers about Ramirez
: the White Sox, the Rays and a
“mystery team.” Woo-hoo. Here’s our first mystery team of the afternoon!

The Dodgers aren’t shopping Ramirez, according to Brown, but they are taking phone calls. Ramirez is reportedly open to a possible trade.

12:20 PM: This might not be over. Calling it a “halfcourt shot,” a source tells Ken Rosenthal that the Ken Williams and the White Sox intend to make one more run at Manny before today’s deadline.

11:45 AM:
Ken Rosenthal says the White Sox wanted the Dodgers to pay all but $1 million of the approximately $6.7 million left on Ramirez’s contract with no player in return. Pretty easy to see why that didn’t happen.

11:26 AM: Sources tell Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com that the White Sox asked the Dodgers about the availability of Manny Ramirez, however they were rejected.

“Not happening,” said a source with knowledge of the discussions.

Just yesterday, Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote that White Sox GM Ken Williams  “had something big cooking” and even speculated about Manny during a radio appearance, so it appears he wasn’t far off.

Ramirez is currently on the disabled list for the second time due to a calf injury and the third time overall this season. According to Rosenthal and Morosi, the 38-year-old outfielder could be a trade candidate in August.

  1. BIGBRUCE11047 - Jul 31, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    I think the Dodgers might be at an advantage if they traded Manny Ramirez to an American League team. The Dodgers need a big right handed bat but I don’t think Manny Ramirez is the answer anymore. When Ramirez came over to the Dodgers in the summer of 2008 he took the town by storm. He lit up the stadium with home run after home run and he led the Dodgers to the playoffs. Last year was the year of the “suspension” but the Dodgers made the playoffs anyway. Now, Ramirez is not an outfielder anymore. He would make someone a great “DH.” This is Ramirez’s last year of his contract so if they could trade him for someone who could help them during the next two or three years they better do it now. Manny isn’t getting any younger. It’s something to think about, Mr. Colletti!!

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