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White Sox reportedly planning waiver claim on Manny Ramirez

Aug 24, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

Ken Rosenthal of wrote this morning that “claiming Manny Ramirez off waivers would be nuts.” And now he’s reporting that the White Sox plan to place a waiver claim on Ramirez.
General manager Ken Williams and the White Sox were said to be interested in Ramirez prior to the July 31 trade deadline, so Chicago’s apparent willingness to take what now amounts to little more than a $4 million flier on the 38-year-old slugger certainly isn’t surprising. Or particularly crazy, despite what Rosenthal suggests.
Ramirez certainly isn’t the dominant offensive force he once was and has also been limited to just 62 games because of injuries, but if reasonably healthy he’s still a damn good bat. He’s hit .312/.404/.508 overall this season, which is good for a .912 OPS that ranks seventh among all MLB outfielders with at least 200 plate appearances.
Beyond that, the White Sox’s have a gaping hole at designated hitter caused by the misguided decision not to re-sign Jim Thome at manager Ozzie Guillen’s urging this offseason. Thome has been amazing for the Twins with a .269/.393/.583 mark that tops the measly .237/.308/.401 cumulative production from the White Sox’s designated hitters by 267 points of OPS.
Ramirez can’t get back the production and games lost by choosing to replace Thome with Mark Kotsay, but his still-powerful right-handed bat would fit very well into the White Sox’s lineup and by using him primarily at DH they could cross “defense” off the list of potential issues.
Of course, just because the White Sox are planning to place a waiver claim on Ramirez doesn’t mean a team in front of them won’t do the same, and even if Chicago ends up with the winning claim they’d still have to work out a deal for him unless the Dodgers are simply willing to give him away to save money.
As usual, Ken Williams has plenty of gamble in him.

  1. Old Gator - Aug 24, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    Oh boy. I can’t wait to see how Ozzie responds when next Manny starts being Manny. Can you imagine how Manny would handle it if Ozzie unloaded on him the way he did on Alex Rios last year? Hoo-hah! It’ll be the best dugout faceoff since Reggie Jackson and Billy Martin!

  2. Omega - Aug 24, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    Is it just me or are the White Sox all heck bent on self destructing themselves this season?

  3. Detroit Michael - Aug 24, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    Adding a player with a 912 OPS is not a form of self destruction.

  4. YANKEES1996 - Aug 24, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    That has got to be one of the most lethal combinations of personalities I can recall, Kenny Williams, Ozzie Guillen and Manny being Manny, that would be one helluva of show!

  5. beezo - Aug 24, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    Damn, I wanted to see him pass through to the Red Sox… but is Manny really going to pass through the NL that easily?

  6. Pisano - Aug 25, 2010 at 12:08 AM

    Those two idiots deserve each other , they both eat out of the same barn . As an American League fan , I just hate the thought of seeing Manny the Moron back in the AL .

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