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Reports: Manny Ramirez claimed off waivers

Aug 27, 2010, 1:35 PM EDT

Update: Jon Heyman is tweeting that multiple teams put in claims for Ramirez. Though that could include AL teams ahead of the White Sox in the standings.
Update #2: Sources told Morosi that neither the Rays nor Yankees put in claims for Ramirez. There’s been speculation that the Rangers might have, but they’d be behind the White Sox in the pecking order.
/////’s Jon Paul Morosi is among those reporting that Manny Ramirez has been claimed on waivers in advance of this afternoon’s deadline.
The claim comes as no surprise. Ramirez was placed on waivers by the Dodgers on Wednesday. If he had cleared waivers, he could have been dealt to any of the league’s other 29 teams. However, since that didn’t happen, he can only be moved to the team that won the claim.
It’s been widely reported that the White Sox put in a claim for Ramirez. What we don’t know is whether one of the 15 NL teams or eight AL teams with a higher priority beat them to it. It’s a safe bet that none of the AL teams with worse records were interested, but an NL contender might have decided it was worth taking on his contract. The details figure to be revealed soon.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 27, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    It may sounds crazy, but his bat might be something that would help the Phillies get their asses in gear. If healthy, his right-handed bat hitting right behind Ryan Howard may make them better. Granted, the outfield defense would suffer…they’d have to either put him in left and Ibanez in right with Werth in center…or put him in Right. My point is that the only thing keeping the Phillies from winning games is their horrendous offense. Manny helps. But like I said, it sounds crazy, so I doubt it is something Amaro would ever think about doing.

  2. BC - Aug 27, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    Is Shane Victorino hurt? If not, if the Phillies got Manny, I’d play Manny in left, and then Victorino and Werth in some combination of center and right. Ibanez would go to the bench.

  3. BC - Aug 27, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    Ooh. I just thought of something. What if the Braves nabbed him?

  4. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 27, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    Id rather have Ibanez on the field than Shane…or at worst platoon the two of them. For the little bit of cash he is making, and considering the Phillies have alot of veteran leadership on this team, Manny would be a welcome big right handed bat in the middle of the lineup…provided he is healthy.

  5. Jack Marshall - Aug 27, 2010 at 3:20 PM


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