Rosenthal On Rangers, Ramirez, Finances

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports brings us another edition of Full Count.  Fans of Manny Ramirez will especially enjoy this.  Let's dive right in..

  • Despite their recent ownership issues, the Rangers seem to have no problem with spending big.  One of the reasons that they claimed Manny Ramirez on waivers was to prevent him from getting to two of their potential postseason foes, the Rays and the Yankees.  It's probably for the best that they didn't submit the winning claim as seeing Ramirez or Vladimir Guerrero in the outfield would have caused some problems.  Right now they should be fine offensively with Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler, two big right-handed bats, coming off of the DL soon.  However, they had been interested in obtaining a fourth outfielder such as Reed Johnson.
  • The Dodgers could let Ramirez go to the White Sox regardless of where they are in the standings.  Rosenthal notes that he has played in just three of six games since coming off of the disabled list.  In the last hour we learned that the twelve-time All-Star will not start in tonight's contest against the Rockies.
  • Based on this week's events it appears that Major League Baseball is doing better financially than we are led to believe.  Leaked financial reports showed that the Marlins and Pirates are taking in a decent amount of money and the small-market Rays took a $4MM gamble on claiming Manny Ramirez.  Rosenthal asked a GM how three teams could take that chance and the GM replied that no one really could take that risk but everyone wants to win.

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