Now it appears the White Sox may get their chance to acquire Ramirez, provided no team with a worse record puts in a claim ahead of them.
As expected, Ramirez, the enigmatic former Red Sox slugger, was placed on waivers by LA this afternoon, according to a report by ESPN's Buster Olney.
The news comes as little surprise. Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com was the first to report earlier this week that if Ramirez, who is batting .306 with eight homers in 63 games during an injury-plagued season, would be claimed by the White Sox if the Dodgers exposed him.
But the process is not simple, nor is it cut-and-dried that the 38-year-old will end up in Chicago. Teams have until Friday afternoon to make a claim, and the team awarded the claim will have until Tuesday afternoon to try to work out a trade with the Dodgers should they request compensation.
Ramirez must pass through waivers in the NL before any AL team can claim him, and the order is determined from worst record to the best. The White Sox currently have the sixth-best record in the AL.
The situation is further complicated by his full no-trade clause since he would have to approve any transaction.
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