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Friday, August 27, 2010
What Manny Ramirez claim shows

By Richard Durrett

The Rangers did put in a claim on Manny Ramirez, according to a source, but did not win the claim. ESPN.com's Jayson Stark reports that went to the White Sox, who have a worse record than the Rangers.

But the fact that Texas was willing to fork over the approximate $4.1 million that Ramirez was owed for the rest of the season shows they aren't afraid to spend money to win. Rangers Baseball Express, the group headed by Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan, officially became owners just two weeks ago. But they gave general manager Jon Daniels and his staff the flexibility to make the claim knowing the risk was they might have to pay a considerable amount (even if more than $3 million was deferred) for a month and a postseason worth of Ramirez.

I talked earlier in the week about how I didn't think the Rangers needed Ramirez. Sure, his bat would have helped the lineup. But this lineup should get a boost anyway from the return of Nelson Cruz (that should be Monday) and shortly thereafter, Ian Kinsler. It would have forced Ramirez or Guerrero to play the outfield as well to get them both in the lineup.

But I do like how this club checks into everything and is aggressive. It's one of the best things about this staff. It will be interesting to see what the Dodgers do here. They are 5 back in the Wild Card. If they get closer in the next few days, they might choose to keep him as Tuesday's deadline approaches. If not, they could take on some of the salary and try to get a prospect from the White Sox. Or they could simply unload the whole amount on Chicago.