Manny Ramirez was placed on waivers as the Los Angeles Dodgers look to move him. With Manny Ramirez on waivers, it means that he could still be traded during the 2010 Major League Baseball season. A player remains on waivers for 48 hours, meaning that a team has until Friday afternoon to put in a claim on Ramirez. Even if a claim is put in on Ramirez, though, he has a no-trade clause, meaning that he can reject a trade to any team around the league. It could complicate things, but he may waive it just to get out of Los Angeles at this point.
The way that waivers work in baseball is a tad complicated, but it basically gives the worst teams the first chance to claim Ramirez. It means that the first team that could claim Ramirez is the Pittsburgh Pirates, but they have little reason to do that this season. If the Pirates pass, it then moves on to the second-worst team (Baltimore Orioles) and so on, until someone either claims Ramirez or he passes through waivers. If a player passes through waivers, he is then available to be traded to any other team. If he is claimed by a team, though, that becomes the only team that the Los Angeles Dodgers can deal with to make a Manny Ramirez trade.
According to ESPN, the Dodgers are more interested in pursuing a trade than dumping the salary of Ramirez, so it looks like the Dodgers won’t award a direct claim of Ramirez. That is one of the options when it comes to the waiver wire, as a player can just be awarded to the claiming team if the original team doesn’t want him anymore. The example would be if the Dodgers just want Ramirez gone, they would award his claim to the first team that selected him, and that team would then become responsible for the rest of his contract.
The assigning of a player is one of those risks that comes along with the waiver wire, and often scares teams away from the more expensive options (like Ramirez). There is a rumor out there that the Chicago White Sox are one of the teams considering putting in a claim on Ramirez if he falls to them, and that the White Sox would enter into trade discussions with the Dodgers as soon as they could. We will know by Friday if a team has claimed Ramirez, and he could be out of Los Angeles by the time Friday night rolls around now.