Dodgers’ Web doings: It’s the Manny Ramirez hour
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Manny Ramirez is all the rave on the Web today, sparked by the very real possibility that he will be placed on waivers this week.
This would prove a turning a point in a couple of ways if he’s claimed and agrees to waive his no-trade/no-waive clause.
It would, though they probably would attempt to spin it differently, signal that the Dodgers had conceded that there will be no postseason this year and had officially become sellers. In which case, Manny might not be the only soon-to-be ex-Dodger.
-- The Times’ Dylan Hernandez gives an overview of the Manny situation with the team and possible impact if he’s lost on waivers. Hernandez said that as of Monday, the Dodgers had not placed him on the waiver wire.
-- ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports, however, that other clubs do expect the Dodgers to put Manny on waivers before the week is out. He must be with another team by Aug. 31 to be eligible for their playoff roster.
-- FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports that if Manny is placed on waivers, he will be claimed by the Chicago White Sox.
The White Sox reportedly offered the Dodgers $1 million for Manny before the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline. It would cost them more this time, as Ramirez is owed more than $3 million his 2010 contract.
The White Sox have the worst record of the American League contenders.
-- MikeSciosciastragicillness.com votes that if Manny is claimed, rather than pull him back, the Dodgers let him go.
Also on the Web today:
-- The Times’ Carla Hall has a lengthy, if ultimately disappointing piece on the breakup and going divorce of Frank and Jamie McCourt. There’s really nothing new here.
SonsofSteveGarvey.com thinks it’s a biased story in favor of Jamie, since she’s the only one of the two who agreed to be interviewed, but there are several swipes at her too.
-- Dodgers.com’s Ken Gurnick profiles the amazing comeback of left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo. Great credit is given to his physical and mental work ethic.
-- Riverside Press-Enterprise’s David Lassenfeatures outfielder Scott Podsednik and how he’s added spark to the leadoff spot.
-- Laobserved.com’s Bob Timmerman thinks The Times -- my rambling self included -- has been too hard on Matt Kemp.
-- Steve Dilbeck