Waiver trade deadline a yawner, except for claim of Ramirez
With the exception of the accepted waiver claim of
Many baseball people seem to like the move, even ones that didn't put in a claim on Ramirez. It's understandable why Ramirez' reputation is spotty now, after he wore out his welcome in two cities, but he remains well-respected as a hitter, borne out by his .915 OPS with the Dodgers.
"He'll have a big month for the White Sox,'' predicted one competing executive from a team that didn't claim Ramirez because it thought he was too much of a "headache'' and not worth the trouble for them.
Of course, the White Sox don't worry about such things. They've accepted all sorts of personalities and have mostly thrived, to the point where the team has been compared to the Raiders. GM
The Sox already have catcher
Guillen is seen by some as a mad genius who might just be the perfect match for Manny, who certainly is all that and more.
"[Manny] will fit right in there with that whole crew,'' one executive from another AL team said.
While Ramirez, who went 1 for 3 in his debut on Wednesday, had exactly two hits in his last two months with the Dodgers, scouts say that he can still hit for a high average and provide a presence in the middle of the order. "He can still swing the bat, and he's a savvy runner,'' one scout said. The White Sox have had an up-and-down year, but Manny often provides a spark upon arrival.
"He's terrific at the beginning, terrible at the end,'' another competing GM said of Ramirez.
That should bode well for the Sox, who have him under contract for only a month at $3.8 million (with $3 million deferred). They like him enough that they will consider bringing him back, but of course that depends on how things go.
Ramirez's rep for clutch and great hitting led to two other teams claiming him -- the Rangers and Rays, who have aggressive young GMs in
Ramirez's fate with the Dodgers was sealed when he didn't start four straight games and even before he was ejected on the first pitch while pinch-hitting on day four.
The breakup wasn't quite as ugly as the one between Ramirez and the Red Sox, but it certainly added to Manny's reputation for selfishness and petulance. It's not so bad, though, since three excellent GMs were not discouraged from making a claim of Ramirez.
Manny was gone by Monday and arrived as a White Sox by Tuesday but curiously didn't play until Wednesday. He acceded to a press conference, which was a positive start considering he hadn't been talking to media all year (he used
The rest of the waiver deadline lacked pizzazz as the last-minute deals were Delcarmen going from the Red Sox to the Rockies and Francoeur going from the Mets to Texas for
The Rangers loved Arias when they chose him as a teenager over
Francoeur's stock had fallen to the point where the Rangers only have to pay the prorated portion of the minimum salary (about $70,000) for the month of September, same as Arias. He gives the Rangers some outfield flexibility and a right-handed bat for cheap -- though not one with the pop and consistency of Ramirez, obviously.
Word is, Dodgers owner
Something tells me that the NFL won't bite, however, based on the embarrassing revelations coming about the McCourts Dodger dealings. Those include a back-tracking of his promise not to consider selling naming rights to venerable Dodger Stadium and keeping the payroll in the top quarter of teams, as reported by the
• The Brewers are still holding a slim hope that they can re-sign Prince Fielder, though others believe that their chances are practically nil. The Brewers' selling point is that he is "the man'' -- the guy who will always bat cleanup and play first base for them. Their chances were hurt when
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• Francoeur will be nontendered by the Rangers.
• The Red Sox felt that Delcarmen's consistency and confidence were down, so that trade shouldn't be considered the white-flag variety. Boston has had 20 DL stays, so understandably its chances to make the playoffs remain low, though.
• The Yankees' policy of waiting to re-sign all their uniformed personnel, even the great ones, may cost them a couple of dollars with
• The Padres tried hard to add a starting pitcher, and are said to have claimed "multiple starters,'' including
• The Nats'
• Poor Hayes suffered a separated shoulder when Morgan would have been safe with a routine feet-first slide. As
• Word is L.A.'s
• Rare to see a trade where both sides have someone thriving right away, as is the case with
• While teams were aggressive in their blocking, it's surprising that
• The Dodgers want to keep Lilly. He is a tough kid and his popularity with the Yankees might help his case a bit, but it's hard to seem him approaching the $12-million salary he got with the Cubs.
• Hard to believe how the Cardinals have fallen on hard times, and even their extra solidarity (with team-wide buzz cuts) doesn't appear to have helped. A relatively easy September schedule may come too late to help them.
• The players union believes that it has a strong case to prevent the Mets from turning K-Rod's contract from guaranteed to non-guaranteed, based on the language in the Basic Agreement. There is little precedent to support the Mets, but injuring his thumb while striking the grandfather of his children may not be looked at very kindly by an arbitrator, and understandably so.
• Alex Rodriguez was advised by