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White Sox claim Manny off waivers

FOX Sports Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi
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The Chicago White Sox have claimed Manny Ramirez on trade waivers, according to a major-league source.

ESPN.com was the first to report the story on Friday.

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The White Sox are now the only club to which the Los Angeles Dodgers can trade Ramirez between now and Tuesday’s deadline to set postseason rosters.

The White Sox talked to the Dodgers about a trade for Ramirez even before his waiver period expired, at 1 p.m. ET Friday. The Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays also had recent interest in Ramirez.

If the Dodgers can’t agree on an exchange of players with the White Sox, it’s possible that they will simply assign Ramirez’s contract to Chicago — with roughly $4.25 million remaining. That option may appeal to the Dodgers, who have been especially mindful of their bottom line over the last year because of the divorce proceedings involving team owner Frank McCourt.

But there is no guarantee that he will be traded at all, since Los Angeles has climbed to within five games of the National League wild card.

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This weekend's series between the Dodgers and Rockies at Coors Field could help determine the outcome of playoff races in both leagues. If the Dodgers continue winning, they might keep Ramirez. But if they fall further out of contention, they almost certainly will be more open to trading him.

Ramirez likely will play in the first two games, then rest Sunday for the afternoon finale. He has been on the disabled list three times this season due to leg injuries.

Ramirez has a no-trade clause, but one major-league source said he is not insisting on a one-year extension in order to waive it. He is scheduled to become a free agent at season’s end.

A return to the AL with the White Sox would be in Ramirez’s best interest as he prepares to become a free agent this offseason. The Dodgers could threaten to reduce his playing time if he refuses to go, hurting his market value.

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