Manny Ramirez was placed on waivers today by the Dodgers, and it appears the team is preparing itself for his eventual departure from the team. Toni Ginnetti of the Chicago Sun-Times reported that the Dodgers and White Sox are close to working out the parameters of a trade:
The Dodgers appeared to be trying to negotiate a trade instead of allowing Ramirez to be claimed outright without compensation, with the Sox having only to pay his remaining salary.
Ramirez will have a remaining salary of somewhere between $3.6 million and $4.2 million, depending on the day he is dealt, and the White Sox have shown strong interest in reports this week.
Although a deal wouldn't happen until the waiver period expires on Friday at the earliest, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported via Twitter that Manny's no trade clause won't be an obstacle to a deal:
Manny Ramirez has let it be known through friends that, if presented, he would accept a trade to the White Sox.
Trading an outfielder to the White Sox for prospects is nothing new for the Dodgers. Last winter the Dodgers traded Juan Pierre to the White Sox, paying $10.5 million of his $18.5 million remaining salary, getting two minor league pitchers in return. Both John Ely and Jon Link have seen time with the Dodgers this season, with Ely getting 14 starts to help bolster the starting rotation earlier in the season.