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Old 30 Oct 2003, 03:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox placed All-Star slugger Manny Ramirez on irrevocable waivers, The New York Times, the Boston Herald and the Providence Journal reported Thursday.

The move means any major league team can have Ramirez -- if it is willing to pay his salary. The outfielder has five years and $101.5 million remaining on a $160 million, eight-year contract, and would get an extra $1 million if he switches teams. He is scheduled to make $20.5 million next season.

When contacted by The Associated Press, Red Sox spokesman Kevin Shea said: "The waiver procedure is a confidential procedure, and we're prohibited from commenting on it. We're not permitted to say whether a player is on or is not on waivers."

A phone message left by the AP for Ramirez's agent, Jeff Moorad, was not immediately returned.

Under the waivers, which exist for a 48-hour period that expires Friday at 1 p.m. ET, the Red Sox would not be able to counter a claim by another team, thus losing Ramirez. In that case, the Red Sox would also not be responsible for the more than $95 million Ramirez is owed in remaining base salary, according to Providence Journal's report.

Even if another team does not claim Ramirez off the waivers, the Red Sox have essentially sent out a signal that they are willing to deal Ramirez, which could lead to future trade talks.

Ramirez hit .325 this year, one point behind teammate Bill Mueller for the AL batting title, and had 37 homers and 104 RBI. The Red Sox won the wild card and advanced to AL championship series before losing to the New York Yankees in seven games.

The Journal reported that baseball sources told the paper on Wednesday night that the Yankees would be the team most likely to claim Ramirez. In the days since the Yankees' World Series loss to the Florida Marlins, owner George Steinbrenner has taken control of the team with the apparent intention to dramatically alter the roster.

Ramirez, who moved to New York from the Dominican Republic at age 13, told ESPN's Joe Morgan in late August of his childhood dreams to play in Yankee Stadium, where he has always hit well, with the Yankees. Ramirez also told Morgan that the Yankees had expressed interest in him after the 2000 season, when he was a free agent, but signed Mike Mussina instead.

While the Yankees appear the most likely of teams to make a move for Ramirez, there are other teams in need of a power-hitting outfielder that may consider the right-handed slugger. The Journal reported that the New York Mets, the Baltimore Orioles, and, though less likely, the Anaheim Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers may show interest.

The left fielder was placed on waivers just two days after Boston announced it would not bring back manager Grady Little, who led the team to 188 regular-season wins the past two years.

Ramirez is one of baseball's best hitters, but he often struggles in the outfield and on the bases.

He was benched by Little late this season after he missed a crucial series against the Yankees with a sore throat and fever, yet managed to pull himself out of bed to reminisce with New York infielder Enrique Wilson about their days in Cleveland.

Then Ramirez didn't show up for an appointment with the team doctor, and when he joined the club the next day he sat on the bench but said he was "too weak" to pinch-hit.

And in a game at Yankee Stadium in September, the absent-minded Ramirez tossed the ball into the stands after making a nice catch, thinking there were three outs when there were only two.

According to the Journal's report, those actions by Ramirez set off internal discussions by the club to deal him this off-season, even though the Red Sox would likely have to pay much of the remaining money owed Ramirez.

Under irrevocable waivers, teams in the American League get first crack at Ramirez. If no team claims him, then he goes through the National League.

If two or more teams in the AL claim Ramirez, the team with the poorer record gets him. If no AL teams claim him, the appliesin the NL.

If no team claims Ramirez by the deadline Friday, he will remain with the Red Sox.

Ramirez, 30, was signed as a free agent by former Boston general manager Dan Duquette in December 2000. Ramirez is scheduled to earn $20 million in 2005, $19 million in 2006, $18 million in 2007 and $20 million in 2008.

He also is due $4 million a year in deferred, no-interest salary from 2004-10, and he's still owed $10 million of his $16 million signing bonus, the Herald reported on its Web site.

Ramirez's club options for 2009 and 2010 are each worth $20 million.

In his past three seasons wtih the Red Sox, Ramirez has hit .300 each year, while hitting more than 30 homers and 100 RBI. He won the American League batting title in 2002 and has recorded 100 more RBI in eight of his nine seasons in the majors, playing for the Cleveland Indians during the first six.

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I can't see anyone picking him up.
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Old 30 Oct 2003, 06:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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He was put on the RESTRICTED waiver list. Which means if anyone takes a claim, the Sox can still take him back. Its suprising how no one is saying this.
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Old 30 Oct 2003, 09:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Its pretty pointless to say that though. Because if the Sox put him on the list to being with, it means that they don't want him.
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This guy is a baby, he missed like 3 games this year because he had a sore throat.

You'd never see a hockey or a football player pull that crap.
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im surprised rangers havent gone after him
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This guy is a baby, he missed like 3 games this year because he had a sore throat.

You'd never see a hockey or a football player pull that crap.
No, no that was Pedro with the sore throat, Manny gets the headache and the finger problems. No one is gonna take him he is still gonna be here in Boston. The only team that would be able to afford this redicules contract that Deaquette signed is the Yankee's and they ain't interested.
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I thought the Rangers had dug themseleves into a hole by tieing up so much money with A-Rod, can you imagine paying Manny and A-Rod together
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Its pretty pointless to say that though. Because if the Sox put him on the list to being with, it means that they don't want him.
They could be doing it to see if there is a market for him and then maybe try and trade him to that team that showed interest.
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Like Dre said the Yanks aren't interested. Now my thinking is if the Yanks aren't interested in taking that contract on than no other team will be willing to take it on also. As for the Rangers they want to slash their payroll to 70 million so getting Manny and having A-Rod around would be 40 million for two players.....doesn't make sense.
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haha! the days of players making 20mil a year are DONE!!! Teams are wisening up and these dumbass agents are fucked!
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