Manny not on waivers yet, but likely to be traded this week

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The Dodgers activated outfielder Manny Ramirez from the disabled list over the weekend and were expected to place him on waivers immediately.  So far, according to ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark, that has not happened. 

But it should this week, writes ESPN’s Buster Olney.

Olney spoke to baseball sources who believe that Manny, unless he invokes his no-trade rights, will be on a roster other than the Dodgers’ by August 31.  He’s owed about $4.5 million for the remainder of this season, but close to $3.3 million of that is deferred — a little twist that may put him in the Rays’ and Rangers’ price range, assuming he passes by all National League teams first.

Ramirez, 38, has posted a healthy .312/.404/.508 batting line this season, but injuries and limited playing time has kept him to eight homers and 39 RBI over 189 at-bats. 

National League contenders may want to pass him because his range and overall defensive ability is pretty poor.  $4.5 million is a bit much to hand a pinch-hitter.

Javier Baez, D.J. LeMahieu have disagreement about sign-stealing

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Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.

LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.

There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.

The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.