The White Sox will claim Manny Ramirez with the intention of acquiring him once he's placed on waivers by the Dodgers, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times tweets that GM Kenny Williams is pushing all his chips on getting Ramirez, according to an MLB source. Manny has not yet been placed on waivers, based on reports, even though the Dodgers gained the ability to do so yesterday.
With a .540 winning percentage, the White Sox are the first AL contending team in the waiver order if Ramirez makes it past the NL unclaimed. Rosenthal says the Rays and Rangers are also interested in Manny.
Ramirez has $4.46MM left on his contract at the moment, though about $3.34MM of that is deferred without interest. Assuming Manny approves the assignment, the Dodgers might be willing to dump his contract just for salary relief.
Ramirez would certainly provide a boost to the White Sox as their designated hitter, if he can stay healthy. He's hitting .312/.404/.508 in 223 plate appearances this year, a down year in rate stats only by his lofty standard.