According to multiple reports, the Dodgers have agreed to send Manny Ramirez(notes) to the White Sox in exchange for … well, for the right to not pay him $4.3 million. It's not such a bad exchange for a fourth-place team that's 6.5 games back in the wild card standings.
The fantasy spin here is easy: Everyone wins, except for the stiffs who've served as designated hitters for Chicago. The White Sox have upgraded a lineup spot that's been an absolute sinkhole for them all season.
Manny will presumably be the full-time DH in one of baseball's most homer-friendly environments. (Though not when his calf aches, or when he's feeling claustrophobic, or when he's sleepy, or when it's a day game following a night game). This is clearly a nice move for him. At this point in the season, this is really a max-bid event in A.L.-only leagues. If you don't do it, someone else will.
Here's hoping Manny can at least sell some tickets in Chicago, even if he can't lift the Sox past the Twins by himself. It's kinda ridiculous that, as of this writing, there are still lower-level seats available to the Sept. 14-16 series with Minnesota. Stay engaged, south side. Help arrives this week.
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