Now comes a part nearly as hard: Working out a deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers to put the enigmatic veteran slugger in a White Sox uniform.
The teams have until Tuesday to work out the specifics of a trade. The Dodgers have the right to pull Ramirez back off waivers at any time, which would make them unable to trade Ramirez for the remainder of the season.
Ramirez is still owed approximately $4.3 million this season, and deciding who is responsible for paying that money could be a potentially sticking point to a trade. Over $3 million of that money is deferred, some of it out as far as June 30, 2013.
Williams looked into acquiring Ramirez at the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31, calling the Dodgers to see if a deal could be forged. The White Sox reportedly offered no players in return and only were willing to pick between $1 million and $1.5 million of his salary. Talks never went very far.
Another hang up to a potential deal is Ramirez himself. He reportedly said he would waive his no-trade clause to come to the White Sox, but if he changes his mind, the Dodgers would have to pull him back off waivers with no deal being consummated.