Dodgers To Send Ramirez To White Sox

SUNDAY, 9:03pm: The Dodgers confirmed that Ramirez will be shipped to the White Sox, tweets Peter Gammons of the MLB Network.

8:33pm: Ramirez has indicated that he will waive his no-trade clause even if he isn't compensated, sources tell Hernandez (via Twitter).

8:04pm: The Dodgers are trying to decide whether to take third base prospect Jon Gilmore and assume part of Ramirez's salary or just take the cash, tweets Bob Nightengale of USA Today.  The White Sox acquired the former first-round pick from the Braves as part of a package for Javier Vazquez in December of 2008.

7:30pm: There's still a possibility that a swap could be worked out in which the Dodgers get a player and the White Sox don't have to foot the entire $4.3MM bill for Ramirez, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN (via Twitter).  Meanwhile, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com writes that there will be no players coming back to Los Angeles.

7:08pm: Details of the transaction are still being worked out but Ramirez will be a member of the White Sox on Monday one way or another, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports (via Twitter).

7:02pm: The White Sox will receive Ramirez tomorrow, a source tells Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.  Because the White Sox will be getting Ramirez on a waiver claim, they will be on the hook for the remainder of his salary, Hernandez tweets.

1:31pm: USA Today's Bob Nightengale opines (via Twitter) that since the Dodgers aren't playing Manny, they're likely set on trading him. According to Nightengale, Manny is telling friends that he can't wait to join the White Sox.

Meanwhile, Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times quotes Joe Torre as saying that he's not benching Manny to get him to waive his no-trade clause, he's just trying to win games (Twitter link). From what we've heard, it doesn't sound like Manny would need the extra encouragement anyway.

SATURDAY, 8:34pm: The Dodgers have yet to ask Manny to waive his no-trade clause, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times (via Twitter).

7:20pm: ESPN.com's Buster Olney tweets that the Dodgers don't intend to give Manny up for nothing. If they part with Manny, the Dodgers want a Sox prospect in return to make it "worth their while."

FRIDAY, 7:37pm: The White Sox "swear" they have yet to have trade talks with the Dodgers about Manny, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today (via Twitter).

1:26pm: Multiple teams claimed Manny Ramirez on waivers, but the White Sox won the claim, according to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark (on Twitter). Stark reports strong indications that the Rays claimed Manny and the Rangers also claimed the 38-year-old, according to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan.

The White Sox and Dodgers, who have already discussed possible trades, have until Tuesday to work out a deal. Ramirez has a no-trade clause, which will give him the power to veto a deal if the Dodgers plan to make one. However, he has told friends that he would approve a trade to the White Sox, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today (Twitter link).

The Dodgers, who are currently 5.0 games out of the Wild Card race, can now hold onto Ramirez, hand him over to the White Sox or work out a trade. They must determine by Tuesday afternoon whether they can contend for the playoffs.

National League teams had waiver priority on Ramirez, but no NL team made a claim. The claim seems to indicate that the White Sox are willing to take on $4.1MM in salary, but the Dodgers and White Sox talked about potential deals earlier in the week, so the teams may have agreed on a trade that would send Ramirez to Chicago along with salary relief. About $3.1MM of Ramirez's remaining salary is deferred.

Jon Heyman of SI.comJon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports and Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times also contributed to the story.


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148 Comments on "Dodgers To Send Ramirez To White Sox"


5 years 3 days ago

They better keep him unless they get something decent in return.

the_show
5 years 3 days ago

With Manny being a free agent at the end of the year and only one month left until the season ends teams aren’t going to offer anything spectacular in return.

5 years 3 days ago

Last time I checked decent != spectacular. :)

Hermie13
5 years 3 days ago

They aren’t allowed to offer arbitration though (nor would they even if they could)….so they’ll let him walk for NOTHING in a month. Or they could trade him for $1.1M in salary relieft this year and anything the team is willing to offer.

Dern_P
5 years 2 days ago

They white sox want him because the twins have Jim Thome, so they want to counter that with Manny. Plus they can make a playoff rum with Manny. 😀

elclashcombo
5 years 3 days ago

itll be a salary shed, nothing more. i a prospect is returned it’ll be a gesture of formality.

Dern_P
5 years 2 days ago

They probably wont.

Chiburgh
5 years 3 days ago

Question: The deadline to trade Manny is approaching, if the Dodgers/White Sox can’t come to an agreement for a trade, the Dodger could simply say, just take him. Right? Assuming Manny would waive his NTC. The White Sox can’t refuse him because they claimed him off waivers? That is where making waiver claims and winning them becomes interesting. If the Dodgers just give up Manny and the Angels just give up Napoli, possibly both to the White Sox, then the White Sox would have two additional bats, not necessarily the best solution since they really need bullpen help now.

5 years 3 days ago

Something decent like…..shedding 4 million from their payroll?

Hermie13
5 years 3 days ago

It’s only like $1.1M this year since so much of his salary is deferred though…..

BlueSkyLA
5 years 3 days ago

I expect the deferred salary goes with his contract, though the Dodgers could be made to eat some of it to get any prospects in return.

Hermie13
5 years 3 days ago

It will go in return, but my point was the Dodgers only get $1.1M in salary relief this year. The rest won’t be saved til the following years (so the owner doesn’t get anything more than the $1.1M)

BlueSkyLA
5 years 3 days ago

I understand your point, but I don’t think the Dodgers would trade him if they only saved $1.1m.

NYYANKEES
5 years 3 days ago

Rangers? Anyways I think Dodgers will wait for the Rockies series to see where they stand.

jwsox
5 years 3 days ago

no way he fell that far through the waiver wire, it was either an NL team, the whtiesox or bosox…it might have been some stupid AL team with a bad record just trying to block other teams or to sell tickets

airohpue13
5 years 3 days ago

No. If an NL team or an AL team with a bad record claimed him they would have won the claim over the White Sox. Don’t you know how this works by now?

airohpue13
5 years 3 days ago

Nevermind. I didn’t realize this was posted before it was known that the White Sox won the claim. My apologies.

5 years 3 days ago

The Giants did…they got a little overzealous about blocking other teams from claiming players and forgot the White Sox are in the AL.

nick678
5 years 3 days ago

I dont know why but I have a feeling that the unknown team is the Red Sox. I think they are trying to block the Rays or the Yankees.

the_show
5 years 3 days ago

The red Sox pick after the White Sox so I don’t think that is possible

Hermie13
5 years 3 days ago

And after the Rangers who also would likely be in on him.

I think a mystery team could be the A’s (think someone else said this before?). Beane has made some moves that don’t jive with a team that’s in a rebuild (Sheets, Crisp, etc). That rotation is very solid…they need a bat. If the reports of Manny wanting an extension are true, maybe the A’s would be willing to give it to him? Could DH and play LF next year and would be a nice bat in the middle of the lineup…..also wouldn’t have to move that far from LA.

In all liklihood though….it’s probably the White Sox.

5 years 3 days ago

Is it only one team that claimed him on waivers? If so, I think we know its the White Sox. If multiple teams claimed him, thats where it gets interesting…

5 years 3 days ago

all teams can claim him…only one gets to get him or trade for him…the team with the worst record starting with the NL

hedonistimpulse
5 years 3 days ago

Multiple teams can make a claim, but the team with the worst overall record gets the claim.

elclashcombo
5 years 3 days ago

i dont think multiple teams can claim on waivers. doesnt the avail player just go down wire until a team makes a claim?

5 years 3 days ago

Well then, looks like it’s getting interesting. I can’t imagine any NL team putting in a claim, though.

5 years 3 days ago

I feel good that I got that comment in before the multiple teams claimed him post came in!

But seriously…this is where it gets interesting. Who claimed him?!

neoncactus
5 years 3 days ago

Tough call. With the Dodgers playing well of late, do you let him go? On the other hand, Podsednik is hitting well, is a true leadoff hitter, which they wouldn’t have with Manny in the lineup (at least not until Furcal is back). I’d say it depends on what they can get for him. They won’t get a lot, but if they can get a useful prospect, it might be worth making.

dieharddodgerfan
5 years 3 days ago

I think Manny gets traded regardless.

I think the White Sox claimed Manny. I don’t see an NL team out there that would put a claim on him. He’s too risky to play in the OF with his leg injuries this year. He’s a much better option as a DH.

Are there other AL teams out there that high a higher priority on the waiver wire than the White Sox that would claim Manny? I am not sure.

joel23
5 years 3 days ago

Hopefully the White Sox

5 years 3 days ago

What about the Cards? Do they need his bat now that Holliday is hobbled? Is it crazy to think that the Padres could make it work? At the end of the day, is he really helping any team by bringing his ‘me-first’ attitude to the park? I’m guessing he’ll be subtraction by addition to any new team, despite potential big hits. After he bounces next season, that team will be paying 3 mil of deferred salary to watch him play elsewhere.

whitesoxfan424
5 years 3 days ago

With the Dodgers back only 5 games and Colletti saying there is still a chance, I am thinking a NL team claimed Manny to force the Dodgers to go for it or end it. I doubt he made it to the White Sox.

5 years 3 days ago

Its the Pirates…they thought it’d be cool to actually have some fans for the last month of the season.

Manny isn’t an ex-Cardinal so I know my Reds didn’t claim him…

5 years 3 days ago

As close as he keeps business to his chest, I wouldn’t be surprised if Walt Jocketty and the Reds put a claim on him. With Edmunds going down due to injury that can only serve to bolster their outfield. Not saying I would do it, because I wouldn’t. But acquiring veterans late in a contention season is Walt’s MO.

Largebill
5 years 3 days ago

The mystery team is the Indians in a desperate attempt to keep attendance over 1,000. :-)

kimofromkauai
5 years 3 days ago

I could see a SF Giants waiver claim. They would block any team in the AL (which might allow the Dodgers some meaningful return) and the Giants could reasonably assume that Manny would not accept an assignment to SF (overcrowded OF, can’t play anywhere but DH).

Thus the Giants could screw their longtime rivals a little with a minimal risk that they wind up with Manny.

Dan Wohl
5 years 3 days ago

I hope they did this, it would be hilarious.

bradleyx
5 years 3 days ago

The Giants should go for it. Manny in CF! Can you imagine the OF of Burrell, Manny, and Guillen? The inning would be half over by the time they reached their positions on the trot from the dugout.

5 years 3 days ago

I said this same thing to a friend of mine that is a sox fan earlier this week.

Notin J. Notin
5 years 3 days ago

Heck, why wouldn’t the Pirates claim him? This guy was selling out games in his monr league rehab stint last year…

5 years 3 days ago

Because it would be a waste of energy. He’d veto it

the_show
5 years 3 days ago

Will we find out which team won the claim today?

5 years 3 days ago

It’s the White Sox. Keep in mind that Manny can veto any trade he wants and he wants to dh.

sdsuphilip
5 years 3 days ago

multiple teams claimed guessing at least a national league team

5 years 3 days ago

If multiple teams claimed him, and the Rays and Yanks didnt, then its very unlikely the White Sox would end up with him. The only other AL teams who might have make a claim would be Boston(unlikely), Texas, Oakland(unlikely)

5 years 3 days ago

well i can stop looking at this manny thing since the rays didnt even at least try to claim him. although i dont blame them