CHICAGO -- Manny Ramirez was put on waivers by the Dodgers on Wednesday, meaning the claim for the hard-hitting outfielder will be announced Friday. While multiple sources in Chicago talked Wednesday how a deal already was being worked on between the two sides, nothing was imminent.
Nothing can be imminent, with any National League team and any American League squad with a lesser record than the White Sox able to block a potential claim. But if Ramirez is picked up by the White Sox, former Los Angeles teammate Juan Pierre is one who believes the slugger could help.
"He's probably one of the top five hitters ever," Pierre said. "He can hit when healthy. I don't know how healthy he is. When healthy, he can help any ballclub. He's fine in the clubhouse. He puts on a show for the media for a little bit, but he's a great guy, and a great teammate."
Jim Thome, who was teammates with Ramirez during Cleveland's days of dominance, talked about the intense work ethic featured by Ramirez. Pierre seconded Thome's assertion.
"I work hard and he outworked me," said Pierre with a laugh. "He works hard. He doesn't do it for people to see it. He's away from the field, hitting in the cage, and he's really smart. He knows pitchers and the game and doesn't get enough credit. He's a great player."
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Ramirez has let it be known through friends that he will waive his no-trade clause in a trade sending him to the White Sox.