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After being placed on waivers by the Dodgers, the White Sox have successfully placed a claim on the slugger. The teams now have until Tuesday (the playoff-eligible deadline for new teams) to work out a trade or to simply hand Ramirez and his $4 million+ remaining salary to Chicago. Ramirez does have a no-trade clause, which he reportedly has been looking for a contract extension to agree to waive.
The Dodgers are in Colorado for the rest of the weekend, then host Philadelphia beginning on Monday. If they believe there is any shot that they might make the playoffs, they’ll pull Ramirez back off waivers and go for broke. Their division elimination number is 25 and their wild card elimination number is 30, with 33 games left to play.
With a non-waiver offer from the White Sox too low, Ramirez’ salary might also be a tad bit prohibitive for the White Sox; John Danks will make about a million less for the whole year than Ramirez’ pro-rated remaining salary. But without having to run the outfield on his 38-year old knees, Ramirez would do well in a DH role, and if he does well enough, he might get another contract offer from another team to do that anyway. And the White Sox could recoup some of the amount through increased sales, much like the Nationals did with Stephen Strasburg.
The White Sox host Ramirez’ old team, the Boston Red Sox, for four games, from September 27-30. The teams also meet at Fenway for a three-game set from September 3-5. With all the hype that would surround such a meeting, the potential for fireworks and a revenue stream is great.
But first, we have to wait and see how the next three days play out.