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White Sox not hiding interest in Ramirez

Posted on: August 24, 2010 6:47 pm
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The White Sox aren't backing down from rumors that they plan on putting in a claim on Manny Ramirez when the Dodgers do put him on waivers.

The Chicago Sun-Times ' Joe Cowley has been tweeting up a storm with comments from Chicago general manager Kenny Williams and manager Ozzie Guillen.

Kenny Williams From Williams: "Well, if I spoke on that … it's a violation of tampering rules and it's very clear and prohibited for me to speak on another player on another team, so you have to speak in generalities all the time."

However, Williams didn't seem to be too vague about what his club was looking for leading up to Aug. 31.

"We can never have too much offense, just like we can never have too much pitching," Williams said.

When asked about the ability for the Sox to take on a big salary, Williams said, "Well, that's a Jerry Reinsdorf question that we will probably revisit if and when someone goes on the waiver wire that may get to us."

Guillen was asked if he wanted Ramirez and the response was classic Guillen, "I don't know. But I will have to say yes because Kenny will get him anyway."

Guillen also said this (via MLB.com's Scott Merkin on Twitter ): "If you give me Manny when he was with Boston, I take a limo to pick him up. But I haven't seen Manny in a long time. ... You talk to me about Manny and I didn't even see Manny in spring training and we played against him every day."

The fact that Ramirez is owed a total of more than $4 million allows the White Sox to be so open in their desire in the usually super-secret world of waivers.

The Tigers would be the most likely to try to block Chicago, but that pricetag is likely too much. And even though Johnny Damon thinks the team is still in the race, the numbers and the fact he had to turn down a trade show others believe otherwise. Ramirez's defense and inability to stay healthy make him unlikely to be picked up by a National League club. Two executives from two different National League clubs told CBSSports.com on Monday that they didn't expect a National League team to claim him.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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