Peter Gammons weighs in on the possibility of the Dodgers placing Manny Ramirez on waivers and how the Red Sox might react to the possibility of the Rays putting in a claim…
…if [Ramirez] gets back on the active roster and they put him on waivers, do the Red Sox put in a claim to block him from going to Tampa? My guess is they would say no. Theo [Epsetin] and Ben [Cherington] would be down on the ground saying, “Please, Kenny Williams. Put in a claim.” … It’s a tough question because it may be that Manny doesn’t realize that he has to play and perform to get another contract. We have no indication that he’s understood that after three trips to the disabled list this year. If he does figure that out and goes to Tampa and has a great month of September, he’s exactly what Tampa needs. This is like the Red Sox worst nightmare. Can you imagine Theo saying, “Should I press the yes or no button on waiver claims on Manny Ramirez?”
It would certainly be an interesting dilemma for the Red Sox, but we are not as convinced that the Rays would claim Manny. Even though there is just over a quarter of the season remaining, any team that claims Ramirez would still be responsible for over $5 million remaining on his $20 million salary. That is a big risk for a player that has been on the DL three times this season and played in only about half (61) of the Dodgers game. He is hitting .317 with 8 home runs and a .409 OBP in that limited action.
The Rays already proved that they would not sacrifice prospects for a shot at “going for it” this season. Manny wouldn’t cost the Rays any prospects. But he could still be beyond Andrew Friedman’s allowance.