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Report: White Sox win waiver claim for Manny Ramirez

Aug 27, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

ESPN’s Jayson Stark tweets that the White Sox have been awarded a waiver claim on Manny Ramirez. They would have until Tuesday to work out a deal with the Dodgers.
MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan is reporting that the Rangers claimed Ramirez, but the White Sox had the higher priority by virtue of their inferior record. Stark also believes the Rays put in a claim, though others have disputed that.
The Dodgers can now hammer out a trade with the White Sox or let Ramirez go on waivers. The belief is that the White Sox are willing to give up some talent in order to land the slugger, though it’s doubtful that they’ll part with any of their top few prospects. If nothing can be agreed to prior to Tuesday’s deadline, Ramirez would presumably finish the season with the Dodgers, though the team could always release him.
If the White Sox land Ramirez, he’d likely become their primary designated hitter, leaving Andruw Jones and Mark Kotsay with smaller roles. That’d force the White Sox to keep Carlos Quentin in right field most of the time rather than rest him in the DH spot. But it seems like a worthy sacrifice to add a still-productive 12-time All-Star. Ramirez is hitting .313/.407/.513 in 195 at-bats this season.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 27, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    Damn…too bad the Phillies didn’t have the balls to put in a claim. I still say he’s just what they need to shake up this lineup. Rollins/Polanco/Utley/Howard/Manny/Werth…wow. Defense be damned!!!!!

  2. BC - Aug 27, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    That means the Phillies and Braves both passed on him? I don’t get it.

  3. Douchebaggery - Aug 27, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    CHAMPIONSHIP

  4. Simon DelMonte - Aug 27, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    Stark is saying not a single NL team put in a claim. Maybe the Dodgers made it known that they wouldn’t let him move within the league?

  5. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 27, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    Still doesn’t excuse someone from claiming him. Why should an NL team care whether the White Sox get any better?

  6. akafitz - Aug 27, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    He probalby didn’t want to go to an NL team because he’s too lazy to field. He just wants to bat. Chisox will let him go at the end of the season.
    He’s a bad seed.

  7. Giant Space Ants - Aug 27, 2010 at 6:12 PM

    He’s got a month; he’s not gonna destroy a team in that time (and he has no incentive too). If a team’s so-called “chemistry” falls apart, then maybe that team didn’t have much “chemistry” to begin with.
    And why does it matter where he wants to go now? It wasn’t up to him.

  8. Gunner420 - Aug 27, 2010 at 6:18 PM

    The Sox have pitching issues, not batting. They’re ranked 6th in batting and 14th in pitching. Manny’s bat will help a little, but I think the end result will be the same…2nd to the Twins.

  9. Glenn - Aug 27, 2010 at 7:28 PM

    I believe that he has a no-trade clause, so it is up to him to some extent.

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