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Manny not on waivers yet, but likely to be traded this week

Aug 23, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

The Dodgers activated outfielder Manny Ramirez from the disabled list over the weekend and were expected to place him on waivers immediately. So far, according to's Jayson Stark, that has not happened...

The Dodgers activated outfielder Manny Ramirez from the disabled list over the weekend and were expected to place him on waivers immediately.  So far, according to’s Jayson Stark, that has not happened. 

But it should this week, writes ESPN’s Buster Olney.

Olney spoke to baseball sources who believe that Manny, unless he invokes his no-trade rights, will be on a roster other than the Dodgers’ by August 31.  He’s owed about $4.5 million for the remainder of this season, but close to $3.3 million of that is deferred — a little twist that may put him in the Rays’ and Rangers’ price range, assuming he passes by all National League teams first.

Ramirez, 38, has posted a healthy .312/.404/.508 batting line this season, but injuries and limited playing time has kept him to eight homers and 39 RBI over 189 at-bats. 

National League contenders may want to pass him because his range and overall defensive ability is pretty poor.  $4.5 million is a bit much to hand a pinch-hitter.

  1. Cheap Seat Chronicles - Aug 23, 2010 at 4:20 PM

    As a Twins fan, I’d be very happy to see him in Minnesota for the stretch run and definitely for the playoffs. He’d be a great compliment to Jim Thome at DH and would add a legitimate right-handed slugger that the team has lacked.
    Delmon Young is getting there and Michael Cuddyer’s power seems to have disappeared, so adding Manny to the heart of that order would be downright fearsome in October.

  2. Jonny5 - Aug 23, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    Well now that they brought up Sloth from the Goonies to play OF, and he obviously blows Manny away at the position, I think they should get rid of him. He’s hurt too much now anyway. I never liked Manny, and I would like nothing better than to have him clear waivers and end up @AAA. That would be umm, awesome….. Even with the deferred $ over a million for two months of Manny who could go all DL on you at any moment?? Not a sweet deal if you think about it.Only a contender would dream of such madness.
    “National League contenders may want to pass him because his range and overall defensive ability is pretty poor.”
    You are much to kind to senior Ramirez. He’s a terrible defensive player actually. And his attitude stinks. But he makes bat hit ball well, and that’s AL all the way. I say any offers will definately come from the AL. funny Baaaahhhstan could use him right now too. But that bridge burned, then the ashes were urinated on by half of Baaaahhhstan.

  3. Cheap Seat Chronicles - Aug 23, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    If the Sox are willing to put the claim on Johnny Damon (even if it’s just to block the Yankees and Rays), I wouldn’t be shocked to see ’em make a play for Manny. Never say never in Major League Baseball.

  4. minnesconsin_ad - Aug 23, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    Man, I don’t know. I guess it depends somewhat l on the Morneau situation. If he’s back at 1b, then Cuddyer is back in RF and then they’re splitting the DH spot between Kubel and Thome already. Why would you want to add a difficult character into that mix? I guess he could be a right-handed power option as a pinch-hitter late in the game, but you can’t think Manny would thrive in that role.
    I suppose there’s a chance you could start platooning Young & Kubel in LF, and Thome/Manny at DH. But Delmon’s progressed so much in that everyday role this year, I doubt they’d mess with that continuity.
    This whole scenario just seems like it’d be very much out of character for the Twins.

  5. Glenn - Aug 23, 2010 at 5:54 PM

    There is absolutely no chance that the present Boston management would ever bring Manny back. His behavior was absolutely intolerable and they paid his salary for him to play in LA when he was in his PED prime.

  6. Omega - Aug 23, 2010 at 6:21 PM

    Who would honestly want this distraction in the clubhouse during the stretch run? Any contending team would be foolish (at best) to bring this lunkhead aboard.
    The Dodgers deserve to be stuck with his bird dawgin’ @$$.

  7. dlf - Aug 23, 2010 at 7:05 PM

    Any contending team …
    Like the 2009 Dodgers that won the NL West?
    Or the 2008 Dodgers that won the NL West?
    Or the 2007 Red Sox that won the World Series?
    His rookie year was in 1994, when the playoffs were cancelled. Since then, his teams went to the playoffs in ’95, ’96, ’97, ’98, ’99, ’03, ’04, ’05, ’06, ’07, ’08, and ’09. Yep, that is proof that he is a real distraction!
    If he is healthy, he would be a great addition to any contending team. I doubt he is healthy, but claiming that his antics have had an adverse impact on otherwise contending clubs is … well … foolish at best.

  8. Jonny5 - Aug 24, 2010 at 9:15 AM

    But not Baaahhhstan. He done burned that bridge…

  9. doctorfunke - Aug 24, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    I don’t ever see this happening, mostly because of Manny’s antics, but also because I don’t think that it makes much sense for this lineup either. Like Minnesconsin said, the lineup will be in enough of a flux once we get Justin back, and you need to keep Delmon is there as a full time player. We’ve always been lefty heavy, and we do have a few righties capable of hitting for more power (Cuddy, Young, Valencia). I just don’t think it would work. Right now, we need pitching. I think our lineup matches up against anyone else’s well. But the pitching is iffy at best.

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