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Dodgers place Manny Ramirez on waivers

Aug 25, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

Let the waiver madness begin!

Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Dodgers have placed Manny Ramirez on waivers. According to Morosi, teams have until Friday to place a claim. If he is claimed, the deadline for a deal would be next Tuesday.

Ramirez, who was activated from the disabled list Saturday, just became eligible to be placed on waivers on Monday. The 38-year-old slugger is 0-for-7 with three strikeouts in two games since returning to the lineup.

The White Sox reportedly plan to place a waiver claim on Ramirez, but he’s no lock to make it to them. Of course, any team that makes a claim absorbs the potential risk that the Dodgers could just dump Ramirez and the $4-plus million remaining on his contract. The Rays have also been mentioned as a potential landing spot.

Ramirez isn’t the same player he was even two years ago, and his failure to stay on the field this season has a lot to do with that, but he is still batting .306/.396/.497 with a 894 OPS over 193 at-bats this season. Numbers aside, the mere presence of his right-handed bat down the stretch could make a real difference for a contender. 

  1. birdmancometh - Aug 25, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    He would be perfect for the Rays at DH. Of course if the Chicago rumors are true he won’t make it to the Rays.

  2. James - Aug 25, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    Hmmm… maybe the Yanks plan to lose a game or two and let the Rays get a very small lead in the division so that they could claim Manny instead of Tampa Bay? Hmmmm….

  3. Pisano - Aug 26, 2010 at 12:04 AM

    The Yankees wouldn’t have that scumbag on their roster . He’d be more suited to the loud mouth Ozzie , and the White Sox .

  4. Jess_Ball - Aug 26, 2010 at 2:53 AM

    Manny looked great tonight when he smoked those two doubles. I especially liked the one he smoked into LF just inches above the plate.
    It’s too bad we were on the other end of this. But go Manny!

  5. Omega - Aug 26, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    The easiest and fastest way for team to take themselves out of contention is claiming this moron off waivers…
    the guy is nothing but a distraction, Boston won the W/S despite his presence due to the over abundance of talent and heart they had on those teams.

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