CHICAGO –- While the Dodgers are apparently ready to let Manny Ramirez go to the White Sox on Monday, a source with the White Sox, who requested anonymity, said Sunday night that “there is no deal at this time” between the clubs.
While the White Sox are apparently trying to push a mid-level prospect on the Dodgers to avoid paying all of the nearly $4 million in salary Ramirez is owed, they are also prepared to absorb all of the money owed to the veteran run producer.
In any event, the White Sox are ready for a deal to go down Monday and are just waiting to find out what the Dodgers decided to do. The arrival of Ramirez comes at a key time for the White Sox, not to mention an interesting time during their schedule.
The White Sox will play this week in the two cities where Ramirez made a name for himself. On Monday they will open a three-game series at Cleveland. After a day off Thursday, the White Sox will travel to Fenway Park to face the Boston Red Sox for the first time this season.
Ramirez already has played at Boston this season, going there for a three-game June 18-20 interleague series with the Dodgers. He went 5-for-12 in those games with a home run over the Green Monster.
The White Sox will open their key 10-game road trip 4 1/2 games behind the Minnesota Twins in the American League Central standings. They have 32 games remaining, including three with the Twins Sept 14-16 in Chicago.