Manny Ramirez was claimed by the Chicago White Sox, and will now join Chicago on Tuesday. Ramirez will be a straight waiver claim by the White Sox, meaning that they get him from the Los Angeles Dodgers without having to give up any assets. When Chicago claimed Ramirez, the possibility existed that a trade could take place, but the Dodgers seem more intent on just getting rid of Ramirez, and the White Sox seem content to take on the rest of his salary. The dumping of Ramirez will become official on Tuesday, and Ramirez can go into the lineup immediately.
The Chicago White Sox will owe Ramirez roughly $3.825 million that is left on his contract for the 2010 season, and then they too will be free of him. If the White Sox like what they see for the remainder of this season they could consider bringing him back, but that is the mistake the Los Angeles Dodgers made after he was traded there by the Boston Red Sox. Now the Dodgers are trying to get Ramirez out of town as quickly as possible, and found a “buyer” in Chicago that desperately needs another power hitter. The question will become whether the White Sox have enough time to make this a significant acquisition.
According to ESPN, Ramirez will join the White Sox in Cleveland on Tuesday, where Chicago is starting out a really tough 10-game road trip. This could be a make-or-break set of games, especially with the White Sox now sitting four and a half games behind the Minnesota Twins for first place in the American League Central. The season is winding down pretty quickly on the White Sox, and the front office knows that they needed to do something quickly if they were going to have any chance at the 2010 MLB Playoffs. It’s also going to be interesting to see if White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen can get Ramirez back to performing.
In the 2010 season, Ramirez had been hitting .310 with eight home runs and 40 RBI in limited action for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He has missed quite a high number of games this season, but always seems to be able to turn it on when he actually cares about playing the game of baseball. His talent level still seems high enough for him to do well for the White Sox for a month, but he really has to care about playing again, and the White Sox will need to guarantee him the playing time to keep him happy. Ramirez does look like a player that will help the White Sox, but it still doesn’t mean they will catch the Minnesota Twins.