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Report: Manny Traded to White Sox 33

Posted: August 30, 2010, 9:13 AM ; Updated: August 30, 2010, 9:25 AM

By Jon Heyman, SI.com

Manny Ramirez is headed from the Dodgers to the White Sox.

Sources told SI.com Sunday night that the 38-year-old slugger will be sent to the White Sox on Monday, most likely in a pure waiver claim.

Details are still being worked out, but a straight waiver deal would mean the Dodgers get no players in return for Ramirez while the White Sox assume the balance -- about $4 million -- of the two-year, $45 million contract he signed before the 2009 season.

Ramirez was out of the Dodgers' starting lineup for a fourth straight day on Sunday, but he did appear as a pinch-hitter with the bases loaded in the sixth inning -- only to be ejected for arguing a called strike on the first pitch he saw.

Ramirez helped lead the Dodgers to the National League championship series in 2008 and 2009, but he hasn't been as productive since his 50-game drug suspension last season. In 66 games this season, Ramirez is batting .311 but with only eight home runs and 40 runs batted in. He has been on the disabled list three times with right leg injuries.

The White Sox are hoping Ramirez will be energized by a change of scenery and can give them a lift similar to the one he provided when he was acquired by the Dodgers in 2008. Los Angeles got Ramirez in a deadline deal that season, and he hit .396 with 17 homers in 53 games to power the club to the NL West title.

A left-fielder the past two seasons with Los Angeles, Ramirez will probably assume full-time designated hitter duties with the White Sox, who have lost nine of 14 and 13 of 20 to fall 4½ games behind the first-place Twins in the AL Central and 9½ behind the Rays for the AL wild-card spot.

"We know what time it is," second baseman Gordon Beckham said after Sunday's 2-1 loss to the New York Yankees. "September is around the corner and we have to make a push."

Ramirez's salary is $20 million in the final season of the two-year contract, but only $5 million is due this year, with the rest to be paid over the next three years. He also has a full no-trade clause.

The 12-time All-Star became a fan favorite when he arrived in Los Angeles, with a section of seats named in his honor at Chavez Ravine and wigs that mimicked his dreadlocks suddenly becoming fashionable.

But the injuries and suspension following a failed drug test soured his stay, and Ramirez hasn't spoken to reporters since spring training, when he said this would be his final season with the Dodgers.

The White Sox on Friday won the exclusive waiver rights to Ramirez over claims by the Rangers and Rays because Chicago has the worst record of the three. The Dodgers had until Tuesday to do one of three things: work a trade with the White Sox, pull him off waivers and keep him or let him go and get nothing back in return.

The White Sox hope Ramirez will be able to join them on Monday night when they begin a 10-game road trip with the first of three games against the Indians in Cleveland.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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33 Comments

Boo every team except the Cardinals!
Oh Yeah! Here is the worst NBA player ever:

John Salmon

I truly believe that the White Sox are wasting their time with Manny. %They need to realize that he's not as good as he needs to be for the Sox to win the World Series again.

JUst Get Manny Out of the League... What is this.. Red Sox... Dodgers.. White Sox!! Come on Now!!! no1 wants Manny! The Sox are gunna regret this

ATTENTION!!! WITH MANNY, THE SOX ARE 8-0 AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED, THE SOX COULD FINISH 30-0 WITH MANNY ALSO, HE IS BATTING .500 AS A MEMBER OF THE PALE HOSE! ARGUERS, REPLY!!!!!!!!!!

Manny Ramirez is struggling but he and those signature dreads will lead athe white swox to some kind of victory this or next season... i think?

Manny brings a big stick to a big hitting team. If he can keep his attitude in check, Twins fans could be in for a disappointing finish.

yankees baby jeter will lead them magic number 28

i am a die hard red sox fan and it was terrible to see manny go to LA but now to chicago????!!!! i hate manny now!

but the Yankees are going all the way!!!!!!!

AGREED!!! GO JETER! TEX IS ON FIYA!!!

Manny,Oh Manny
You run like a granny.
You played for the Sox, then LA
Just for the big, huge amount of pay
Now you're with CWS, instead of Torre
You're Manny Show is getting annoying.

Haha. Your poem made me laugh.
Provillus

thats 1 way to put it

nice poem

I am so happy because i am a die hard dodger fan. I follow the dodgers every game no matter who they are playing. that being said, I am so happy manny is finally out of la. here's why. last month, he got placed on the DL because he tore his ham string. he took 60 days off meaning posednik and paul had to work left field. 61 days later, (when he came back to play) one inning. grounded out and all of a sudden h as injured again. UM????? how can you get injured within the next 24 hours after you were removed from Dl???? I think manny just does not to play. he's lazy, slow, careless, and all the other things that make a bad ball player. I guarantee you, he's going to arrive in chicago and after 10 games white sox fans are going to be saying ' ugh get this guy out of here... how is he going to help us try and win a world series when all he does is strike out?? wasn't he labled one of the best hitters in all of baseball???"

Who Cares if manny got traded he stinks. Go Braves!!!!!!!!!!!!!

manny rocks, go red sox!!!!!!

red sox rule, and manny is awesome

go redsox

You mean Go Cubbies!!!!!!

You mean go St. Louis CARDINALS!!!!!!!!!!

I THINK U ALL MEAN YANKEES!! MHMM U GUYS ALL MADE A SPELLING ERROR LOL! IM JUST KIDDIN BUT NOT ABOUT THE YANKEES PART LOL

you mean go red sox!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

you mean go brewers

You MEAN go ASTROS!

You mean go Phillies.

well i just think the soxs are wasting their money. the twins win the divison.

the white sox are gonna win the divison now that they have manny. manny can play everyday now and will add a spark to that team.

go sox go sox go sox go sox go sox go sox go sox go sox go sox go sox go sox!!!! Manny Baby!!! WE gonna rock this town and burn minnesota! party like its 2005!!!!

NOOOOOOOOOOOO! Manny was awesome! He just got to LA!

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