Yesterday I spoke about the fact that if the Dodgers didn't start closing the gap in the NL West very soon, that they would likely trade Manny Ramirez later this month (yes, even though the MLB Trade Deadline has come and gone.)
The Dodgers lost their sixth game a row last night leaving them only two games above .500. To make matters worse, they lost to the division leading Padres (a double the math whammy), and to complicate their predicament some more, both the Giants and Rockies who are also ahead of them won as well.
That leaves the LA nine games out with only fifty six games to play with three teams ahead of them. If you are thinking that perhaps they can obtain a Wild Card playoff entry, forget it as their chances are slim to none. There are seven teams ahead of them at the moment for that spot and the Marlins and the Mets are right behind them.
To say that the odds aren't with them, having to prevail in a nine way competition from the seven spot is an understatement. (If you are counting that three of those nine will be division winners, you can call it they are battling six teams from the five spot, but any way you look at it, the math isn't good.)
As for Manny, he's still on the DL however before yesterday's game the struggling Dodgers removed the "Mannywood" sign down the leftfield line.
The struggling club replaced the "Mannywood" sign with an advertisement for "John Hancock" insurance and has gone on record as stating that the move was simply because they "sold the wall space."
According to several published reports, both the Angels and White Sox were trying to trade for Manny before last week's non-waiver trade deadline, and that's while he was on the DL. The salary left on Manny's contract dwindles with each day that passes as the chances that someone will take a chance on him in September rises.
Whether you read into the decision to take the "Mannywood" sign down or not, it's looking more and more like Manny will be moved with each passing day. - Keith A. Baker
Keith is a sports agent in Stamford, Connecticut. His goal is to offer a unique insight to the world of sports. Comments in his columns are for entertainment purposes only and do not reflect the views and opinions of his firm or his clients.
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