Manny Ramirez Joins The White Sox Via Waiver Claim

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Manny On His Way To Cleveland - But Too Late For Monday's Game, Will Debut Tuesday

Via tweet from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale:

#mlb #whitesox #dodgers Manny waited for deal to be finalized before leaving for Cleveland. Flight lands tonite, but too late for game.

Nightengale added:

#mlb #whitesox #dodgers Manny’s White Sox debut is scheduled for Tuesday against Cleveland.

So, those of you waiting for #99 (presuming he’ll wear the same number he wore in LA) to debut for the White Sox will have to wait until tomorrow night’s game.

The Sox also made a roster move to make room for Manny:

#WhiteSox announce they have claimed Manny Ramirez off waivers from #Dodgers. Chicago also transfers @JakePeavy_44 to 60-day DL

Placing a player on the 60-day DL is a procedural move; players on the 60-day DL don't count against the 40-man roster limit.


Manny On His Way To Cleveland; Will Be In Sox Lineup Tonight

Via tweet from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale:

#mlb #whitesox #dodgers Manny is on way to Cleveland. Should be in Sox lineup tonite.


Manny's Ejection Sunday Last Straw For Dodgers

Ken Rosenthal reports that Manny’s ejection after one pitch on Sunday was likely the event that finally got the Dodgers to pull the trigger on the deal to the Sox:

Ramirez’s ejection one pitch into a pinch-hit at-bat against the Rockies likely was his final act in a Dodgers’ uniform.

The Dodgers intend to send Ramirez to the White Sox on Monday, either through a trade or by assigning his contract, according to a major-league source.

Ramirez is owed more than $4 million in salary, much of it deferred. If the teams are unable to complete a trade, the Dodgers can simply assign Ramirez to the White Sox on a waiver claim.

The teams are talking but have yet to reach a final agreement on the details of a transaction, according to one source with knowledge of the discussions.

LA Times Dodgers beat writer Dylan Hernandez tweets more information:

Sources said #Manny has indicated he would waive his no-trade clause even if he isn’t compensated. #Dodgers #WhiteSox

Hernandez also wrote that Manny will return to LA with the Dodgers tonight and await a final decision. USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweeted that the final form of the deal may include a prospect:

#mlb #whitesox #dodgers Dodgers trying to decide whether to take 3B prospect Jon Gilmore and pay chunk of Manny’s salary or take the cash

Gilmore, currently playing for the Sox’ High-A affiliate at Winston-Salem in the Carolina League, was acquired by the Sox two years ago when they sent Javier Vazquez to the Braves. Gilmore turned 22 last week.

More information in this StoryStream™ when it becomes available.


Manny Ramirez Will Be A White Sox Monday

Via a pair of tweets from Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times:

Source: White Sox will get Manny tomorrow.

Because the White Sox will be getting Ramirez on a waiver claim, they will be on the hook for the remainder of Ramirez’s salary.

This is not yet confirmed; SB Nation Chicago will post confirmation when it is available.


Manny Watch: Tomorrow He'll Start, But Today, Ejected reports that Manny Ramirez will start tomorrow for the Dodgers:

Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Manny Ramirez was out of the lineup for the fourth consecutive game on Sunday against the Colorado Rockies, adding more fuel to speculation about his future with the club. But manager Joe Torre said he does plan for Ramirez to start on Monday night against the Philadelphia Phillies.

“He is tentatively scheduled to start tomorrow,” Torre said. “That is my thinking at this point in time.”

Torre’s rationale for sitting Ramirez Saturday — not wanting the aging hitter to have to cover the vast left-field acreage at Coors Field — carried over to Sunday.

“It’s still a big outfield,” Torre said.

Manny did get into Sunday’s game against the Rockies with not-so-happy results:

He was ejected after arguing a called first strike with the bases loaded and out out with the Dodgers trailing 8-2. Reed Johnson then pinch-hit for Ramirez, and he grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Plate umpire Gary Cederstrom called strike one and Ramirez began arguing. Ramirez was quickly tossed and walked slowly back to the dugout while continuing to jaw with Cederstrom. The umpire turned away from Ramirez.

It was the first ejection this season for Ramirez.

If Manny does get traded to the White Sox, the last five weeks of this season would at the very least be entertaining on the South Side.


Sox, Dodgers To Decide Next Week On Manny

From Chicago Breaking Sports, we learn that news on Manny is no longer “breaking”:

Nothing will happen over the weekend, according to one source familiar with the proceedings, allowing both sides to assess where they are and exactly what they need. The Dodgers, who are five games out of the National League wild card race and play the Rockies this weekend, have the choice of making a deal or pulling Ramirez off waivers and keeping his $4 million-plus salary for the rest of the season.

The teams have until Tuesday to decided, based on the awarding of the waiver claim to the Sox today. The Dodgers start today 5 games out of the NL Wild Card lead, but trail four other teams. They open a series against one of the teams they are chasing, the Rockies, in Denver tonight.

The Sox are not in wild card contention, but are only 3.5 games out of the AL Central lead and take on the Yankees in a three-game series at home starting tonight.


Sox Awarded Waiver Claim On Manny

Via tweet from ESPN’s Jayson Stark:

#WhiteSox were the team awarded the claim on Manny, according to MLB source. Strong indications #Rangers & #Rays also claimed him.

What’s next? Only Kenny Williams knows.


Multiple Teams Claim Manny On Waivers

Via tweet from SI’s Jon Heyman:

word is, multiple teams actually claimed manny. the question is: who got claim?

This after Heyman wrote earlier that the Sox are no longer “favorites”:

The Rangers, who have been very aggressive under their new owners, were known to be interested. Slugging outfielder Nelson Cruz is hurt, and Ramirez could help replace his production in the lineup, but the Rangers would have to consider playing him in the outfield since they already have Vladimir Guerrero at designated hitter.

The White Sox are no longer the favorites for Manny and the Yankees are out for sure. New York decided they don’t want to add any more older players or DH-types, having already traded for Austin Kearns and Lance Berkman just before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

The Rays, who supposedly were interested, just signed Brad Hawpe to a minor league deal (also from the Heyman article), so presumably they too have dropped out.


Manny Ramirez Rumors: Friday Edition

Today, we will learn if Manny Ramirez has cleared waivers and if Kenny Williams can pry him away from the Dodgers. There are a myriad of rumors flying this morning.

First, the Texas Rangers might be interested, but that’d be a longshot, says the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram:

Adding Ramirez seems remote for a few reasons. A team official said that the Rangers have yet to make a waiver claim on the former All-Star. Also, because the Rangers have one of the best records in the American League, they would have to hope that teams with worse records, who have priority, pass on Ramirez.

The Sox would have claiming rights ahead of the Rangers.

This Yahoo story says that Ramirez’s agent, Scott Boras, is likely to try to extract a one-year contract extension out of whatever team gets him. Manny has a full no-trade clause, which would also apply (as we just saw in the Johnny Damon ruckus) if he’s claimed.

But Tim Brown at Yahoo says the Dodgers just might keep him:

The decision on whether to move Ramirez or hope he gets hot, stays hot and helps carry a soft offense could be hour to hour, depending on how the Dodgers’ series in Colorado goes this weekend. The Dodgers trail the Rockies, fourth in the wild-card race, by a game. They then begin a three-game home series against the Phillies on Monday.

The Dodgers, therefore, could make clubs interested in Ramirez – the Chicago White Sox, Tampa Bay Rays and perhaps others – wait until the final hours of August before learning whether Ramirez is truly available. They have not had substantive conversations regarding Ramirez with any team.

As always, we await developments, and will post them in this StoryStream when there’s anything new.


Manny Held Out Of Thursday Dodger Lineup

Via tweet from ESPN’s Buster Olney:

Manny may have played his last game for L.A. Not in lineup today (day game after night game),and we’ll know Friday mid-day about waiver sit.

Out of the lineup in advance of a trade? The Dodgers are in Milwaukee… not very far from Chicago… he could even be on the South Side tonight…

Or it could mean nothing. Stay tuned.


Sox And Dodgers May Be Nearing Trade For Manny

Toni Ginnetti reports in the Sun-Times that the White Sox and Dodgers may be working on a trade that would send Manny Ramirez to the South Side:

The Dodgers appeared to be trying to negotiate a trade instead of allowing Ramirez to be claimed outright without compensation, with the Sox having only to pay his remaining salary.

Sources confirmed the Dodgers were reviewing scouting reports on some of the Sox minor league players in anticipation of a deal.

SB Nation Chicago will report further developments if and when they happen.


Manny Officially On Waivers; Claiming Deadline Is Friday

Here’s the scoop on Manny Ramirez’s status from the Los Angeles Times:

Manny Ramirez has been placed on waivers by the Dodgers, according to a baseball source who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Teams can submit claims for Ramirez until Friday. If Ramirez is claimed, the Dodgers can let him go, which would result in the team with the winning claim assuming the remainder of his $20-million salary.

The Dodgers also could pull him back and keep him or trade him to the team with the winning claim.

The Chicago White Sox are reportedly planning to claim Ramirez, and the Texas Rangers have had a scout following Ramirez for the last week.

If the Sox do claim him, it would seem likely that the Dodgers would simply let the White Sox have him, rather than pulling him back or trading him. The article also says that Jay Gibbons, Casey Blake and Scott Podsednik have been waived.

The Sox could actually use Blake.


Sox Make Roster Moves While On Manny Watch

Via tweet from the Tribune’s Mark Gonzales, the Sox have made two roster moves:

Putz and Thornton on DL, Harrell and Threets called up

J.J. Putz (10.53 K/9, 2.68/2.63 ERA/FIP) and Matt Thornton (12.17 K/9 2.66/2.30 ERA/FIP) have been mainstays of the Sox bullpen this year. Right-hander Putz is suffering from right knee tendinitis, while lefty fireballer Thornton has left elbow inflammation. Both are now on the 15-day DL and, without them, the Sox will have to entrust late-inning duties to Sergio Santos and Bobby Jenks.

A little more on their replacements: Lucas Harrell is a right-hander who has been throwing for Triple-A Charlotte, and Erick Threets is a southpaw originally from the San Francisco Giants system, who made his Sox debut this season and is coming off a 15-day DL stint himself.


Kenny And Ozzie Comment On Manny ... Sort Of

Manny Ramirez’ possible acquisition by the White Sox was Topic 1 of conversation before last night’s Sox/Orioles game. Kenny Williams had to tiptoe around the issue to avoid a fine for tampering:

“Well, if I spoke on that … it’s a violation of tampering rules, and it’s very clear and prohibited for me to speak on another player on another team, so you have to speak in generalities all the time,‘’ Williams said. ’’You guys know me. … When we do something, we’ll make an announcement. Otherwise, there’s just no sense talking about anything.’’

Ozzie, as usual, had no such muzzle on him:

‘’I can handle anyone,’’ Guillen said. ‘’I don’t have to handle the players. The players handle themselves. I’ve had players who have come to the ballclub with a reputation that they’re bad for the ballclub. And with me, they were very good.

‘’Bringing players aboard is not my department. My department is write the lineup and make the guys play the best they can. If Manny comes here, he’s more than welcome.

‘’I don’t have any phone calls from Kenny, I don’t have any phone calls from [assistant general manager] Rick [Hahn] or Jerry. To me, it’s rumors. Kenny also does stuff very quiet, not with me, with the media and people. If he comes here, then we have to wait to see when he comes here to see what happens.’’

But here, as the Sun-Times’ Joe Cowley writes, may be the thing that kills this deal before it’s made:

If the Dodgers put Ramirez on waivers, the Sox would owe him $1.1 million for the rest of the season and another $3.3 million in deferred money.

Ramirez can veto the move to another team because of his full no-trade clause, forcing the Dodgers to pull him back.

There have been rumors of Manny signing with the White Sox in other years, when he was a free agent. His contract expires at the end of this season; the Sox are closer to the postseason than the Dodgers are, so perhaps “Manny being Manny”, he’d approve such a deal. We’re likely to find out very soon; there’s only a week left for any such waiver deals.


Will Mannywood Be Coming To The South Side?

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the White Sox will claim Manny Ramirez when the Dodgers put him on waivers:

The White Sox, who pursued Ramirez before the non-waiver deadline, will claim him with the intention of acquiring him, according to a major-league source.

The Dodgers have yet to put Ramirez on waivers, but that move is expected as early as Tuesday. National League teams would get the first crack at claiming Ramirez, but none would be expected to take such a step. The White Sox, whose record is the worst of the AL contenders, seemingly would be in good position to win the claim.

In this Tweet, Joe Cowley of the Sun-Times confirms the Sox' interest:

"Ken Williams is pushing all his chips on getting Manny Ramirez," - a major-league source.

Presumably, Manny would become the Sox' full-time DH. He has played in only 62 games this year and has hit only eight home runs, but is still a productive hitter with a triple slash line of .312/.404/.508.

We'll update this StoryStream with further information as it becomes available.

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