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After the Chicago White Sox were awarded a waiver claim on Manny Ramirez, the Dodgers will simply hand him and his $4.3 million obligation to Chicago Monday, according to baseball sources. Ramirez was reportedly looking for a contract extension in exchange for waiving his no trade clause, but withdrew that demand when he was benched for the last four games.
In Ramirez’ last act as a Dodger Sunday, he was ejected after arguing a strike call that was clearly a ball (while pinch hitting in the 6th with the bases loaded). You can check out what happened here. Ramirez is expected to get much more playing time as a DH, which will allow him to better audition with clubs for a new contract next season. Ramirez could join the White Sox as early as Monday’s 7:05pm game in Cleveland.
The White Sox visit Fenway park September 3-5 and host the Red Sox September 27-30. With the drama surrounding Ramirez’ departure from the Red Sox, those two series will be filled with tension. And assuming the Red Sox still have a shred of confidence in their ability to contend for a 2010 playoff spot, they may play extra hard, or if not, not at all.