White Sox acquire Manny Ramirez on a waiver claim

White Sox acquire Manny Ramirez on a waiver claim

Manny Ramirez is back in the American League playoff chase.  As expected, the Chicago White Sox claimed the 12-time All-Star slugger on waivers from the LA Dodgers on Monday, hoping his bat will help them make a postseason push.

They reportedly acquired Ramirez via a simple waiver transaction, with no trade for prospects involved.  The White Sox will be responsible for the remaining $3.825 million of his contract this season.

Manny Ramirez SluggingA source familiar with the situation told ESPNChicago.com’s Bruce Levine that Ramirez will join the team in Cleveland on Tuesday at 6:05PM (see it on Comcast SportsNet or get tickets here.)

The South Siders began their 10-game road trip to Cleveland, Boston and Detroit on Monday night and started out the day today 4 1/2 games behind first place Minnesota in the AL Central.  With 32 games left in the season and the Wild Card in the AL East’s pocket, they’ll need to pull out all the stops (and get a little lucky) to overtake the Twins, who traditionally finish strong at the end of the season.

Who is Manny Ramirez?

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Manuel “Manny” Aristides Ramirez Onelcida was born in the Dominican Republic on May 30, 1972.  The 38-year old is a nine-time Silver Slugger and one of 25 people to have hit over 500 career home runs.  He’s tied with Alex Rodriguez, third baseman of the Yankees, for most grand slams (21) by an active player and second-most all-time behind Lou Gehrig (23.)

The twelve-time All Star played for the Cleveland Indians from 1993-2000 and while he was there had his career-high home run season in 1998 (45 HRs) and played in two World Series games (1995 & 1997.)  He was traded to the Boston Red Sox, where he played for eight seasons (2000-2008.)  Despite controversy and almost being traded several times, he helped them reach and win the 2002 World Series vs. the St. Louis Cardinals and 2007 World Series against the Colorado Rockies.

After eight seasons, The Red Sox traded Manny to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008.  After spending parts of three seasons in LA and more yet controversy, the stay ended on a somewhat sour note.  He batted .311 with eight homers and 40 RBIs in 66 games with the Dodgers this season, but was on the disabled list from July 20 to Aug. 20 with a right calf strain.  He missed 33 games.

For the White Sox, acquiring Ramirez is a low-risk gamble with a potentially high reward.  If he doesn’t perform as well as they’d like they can simply let him go as a free agent at the end of the season.

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