Baseball season just got a little more interesting in Chicagoland. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Manny Ramirez will be joining the White Sox.
Yes, the 38-year-old slugger with his trademark dreads was handed over from the Los Angeles Dodgers on a waiver claim. The deal was sealed to bolster White Sox playoff chances for this season.
Batting .313 with eight homers and 40 RBI while with the Dodgers, White Sox General Manager Kenny Williams and manager Ozzie Guillen feel this is a good move for their ball club.
“Can Manny Ramirez be our savior, I don’t know,” Guillen commented. “Can he help? Of course he can help.”
First baseman Paul Konerko likes the odds saying Ramirez is “one of the best right-handed hitters to ever play this game, ever.”
Manny met the team today in Cleveland, arriving at 2:30 E.T., where he gets a break from the lineup, courtesy of manager Guillen. Game time is at 7:05pm. When he does resume the lineup on Wednesday, he’ll be at he DH spot.
Ramirez is no stranger to Cleveland. He played with the Indians for eight seasons before being traded to the Boston Red Sox.
Chicago Sun-Times Joe Cowley told tweeters that Manny, who is suppose to cut his hair, doesn’t have any interest to cut the dreads. Well, good luck on that one…Manny doesn’t cut his hair for anyone! Leave the dreads. Let Manny be Manny, even in Chicago.
Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune tweets that Ramirez still has fire to compete.
The White Sox will assume the remaining $3.85 million of Ramirez’s salary.
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