Manny Ramirez may or may not have been placed on waivers yet, but once he is, Ken Rosenthal reports that the White Sox aren’t going to let him slip by. That’s somewhat of a surprise; unlike Ted Lilly, we’d generally assumed that Manny would pass through waivers, as the approximately $4-5m left on his deal this year would scare off most teams.
If Manny had made it through waivers, the Dodgers would have had to work out a deal with whichever team they traded him to. That would likely be for a decent, but not great, prospect, and some, but not complete, salary relief. If the White Sox do claim him, the Dodgers would have little trade leverage since they wouldn’t be able to talk to any other teams. However, they can simply say to Chicago, “okay, take him” and relieve themselves of all of Manny’s remaining salary… and that’s exactly what they need to do. They need to let him go.
If he’s claimed, rather than free to be moved to any team, the game has changed. No longer can they play one team off another, threatening teams who lowball with the idea that Manny might go to their competitors. It’d be the White Sox or nothing, and that means Chicago isn’t going to give up anyone of value. Dayan Viciedo? Tyler Flowers? Forget it. Whomever you could get wouldn’t be worth it, and if you hold out for a player, that would just lessen the money Chicago takes back. Just admit the season is over, stick them with the entire bill, and move on.
It’s the right move, no question, but if it happens, mark my words, we’ll be seeing these two amazingly hilarious aftereffects:
Hilarious outcome #1: Manny would join Juan Pierre and Andruw Jones in Chicago. While it’s highly unlikely that all three would ever play the outfield at the same time, since the DH is in play and Rios and Carlos Quentin are there, just the thought of all three of them on the same roster could be enough to make the entire earth cave in on itself.
Hilarious outcome #2: Miles of sob stories from mainstream journalists claiming that Manny’s value was so low that the Dodgers couldn’t even get a player for him… as though doing so wasn’t the completely correct move. Just you wait.