Manny Ramirez: Waiver Claim or Trade Coming Soon
At the beginning of August with the Los Angeles Dodgers 9 games out, I spoke about the Dodgers trading Manny Ramirez if they didn't close the gap in the NL West within the next 2-3 weeks. The very next day, they took down the ‘Mannywood' sign in left field (a sign of things to come.)
We'll, it's 3 weeks later, the Dodgers have gone the wrong way and are now 12 games out.
ESPN's Buster Olney's tweet early this morning confirmed my thesis as he suggests Manny may be very well on the move.
Buster_ESPN Presumably, Manny Ramirez will hit the waiver wire sometime in the next 48-72 hours -- and presumably, he'll be with another team in 8 days.
If he goes to an AL team, you would have to think it's going to be the White Sox as they were the team most heavily interested in Ramirez at the deadline when he was still on the DL. At 4 ½ games back, you would have to think that they are still interested. He'd only be off the DL for about a week if they can swing a deal, so they wouldn't have even missed much by having had to wait, and they can probably get him for less than they would have before. I don't know anyone who thinks that the Twins would put in a claim just to block them, but stranger things have happened I guess.
How perfect would Manny be in San Diego. In fact, that could be just what the Friar ordered as the Padres could get some much needed protection for Adrian Gonzalez going into the playoffs. Yes boys and girls, the Padres are 6 now games up on the San Francisco Giants with only 39 games left to play, and are going to the playoffs. The Padres could be walking into a perfect scenario here whereby they enter the playoffs with Manny on their roster having had the Dodgers pay the majority of his 2010 contract. They have the unique opportunity to then reap the benefits of Manny finishing with a hot streak (he is in a contract year), having him play playoff baseball for them, and then just let him walk....
No matter where Manny goes, it will be sure to be a media circus. But that's what we like.
P.S. - Wonderful job by Deadspin to unearth those Major League Baseball financial statements for a number of teams. It will be interesting to see how MLB responds. - 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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