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Thursday, October 30, 2003

Ramirez on Waivers

The other big story this morning is that apparently the Red Sox have placed Manny Ramirez on irrevocable waivers. This was unexpected, but now that I think about it I see why the team is giving it a shot. Getting rid of Manny's $100 million plus obligation would help a lot toward signing the other free agents the Red Sox will have after next season, including Garciaparra, Martinez, Lowe, Varitek and Nixon. The Yankees have until 2pm tomorrow to claim Ramirez, and no other team is likely to be willing to commit to a $20 million-plus slugger for the next five years.

No one can accuse the Red Sox management of standing pat, that's for sure.