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August 27, 2010

White Sox win Manny Ramirez claim

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 27, 2010 1:28 pm
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Stark @ ESPN tweets:

White Sox were the team awarded the claim on Manny, according to MLB source. Strong indications Rangers & Rays also claimed him.

Stark @ ESPN writes:

The Chicago White Sox on Friday were awarded the claim on Manny Ramirez, according to a source monitoring the waiver wire.

No National League team put in a claim on the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder. But two other American League teams claimed Ramirez, and strong indications are those teams were the Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays. The White Sox were awarded the claim because they were the AL contender with the lowest winning percentage. …

Now the Sox and the Dodgers have until 12:30 pm CT Tuesday to work out a deal for Manny.

UPDATE: Merkin’s analysis:

One school of thought is that the Dodgers will wait until the last moment to decide on a trade, letting another weekend pass to see if they remain in contention for a National League playoff spot. The Dodgers entered Friday’s action sitting in fifth place in the NL Wild Card race but only five games behind the top spot.

Paying the $4.5 million to Ramirez for one month of service — basically $1 million more than left-hander John Danks is earning for the full 2010 campaign — would seem like a prohibitive cost. But the White Sox play 16 of their final 22 games at U.S. Cellular Field, including four against the Red Sox from Sept. 27-30, and the presence of Ramirez could increase the daily gate.

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