The Dodgers have until Tuesday afternoon to complete a deal with the White Sox for Manny Ramirez, whom Chicago claimed off waivers on Friday, but it appears the deal will be completed Monday. Per Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times:
Manny Ramirez will be sent to the Chicago White Sox on a waiver deal Monday, according to a baseball source who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The Dodgers aren’t expected to get any players in return, but are likely to unburden themselves of the $4 million or so that Ramirez is due to earn over the remainder of his two-year, $45-million contract.
If Ramirez is dealt Monday, there are 35 days left in the baseball season, meaning Chicago would be on the hook for approximately $3,825,137 of his $20 million salary this season. Over on True Blue LA, my records show that all of Ramirez’s salary is deferred to 2011-2013 anyway, so any payroll savings to the Dodgers will come in future years.
Manny’s Dodger career, if over now as it appears to be, did not come to a glorious end, as he was ejected after seeing just one pitch in his pinch-hit at-bat in the sixth inning in Colorado. Ramirez thought the pitch was a ball, but home plate umpire Gary Cederstrom called a strike, and ejected Ramirez after he briefly argued the point.
Ramirez was activated off the disabled list on August 21, but only started three of the next eight games for the Dodgers.