The Dodgers placed Manny Ramirez on waivers, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. As Morosi explains, teams have until Friday to claim Ramirez. If there's a claim, the Dodgers will have until next Tuesday to work out a trade.
The Pirates have the National League's worst record, so they get first dibs on Ramirez. If every NL team from the Pirates to the Padres passes on Ramirez, American League teams will have the chance to claim the slugger. That's when things could get interesting; the White Sox intend to claim Ramirez, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Since they have a worse record than any other AL contender, Chicago will have the chance to claim Ramirez if he makes it past all 15 NL clubs.
As ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reported earlier in the week, about three quarters of Ramirez’s salary is deferred. That means he makes just $1.1MM between now and the end of the season despite his hefty $20MM salary. Ramirez earns the remaining $3.4MM in deferred payments, which would presumably make his salary easier to absorb.
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