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.

White Sox sign Ervin Santana to minors deal

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Free agent right-hander Ervin Santana picked up a minor league deal with the White Sox, according to various reports Friday. Per Bruce Levine of 670thescore.com, Santana will make $4.33 million if he manages to crack the major-league roster this spring. Any official confirmation from the team is still dependent on the results of a physical.

The veteran righty hasn’t seen any action in MLB for some time. He was laid low by prolonged discomfort in his right middle finger last spring, and underwent a capsular release/debridement procedure that kept him off the mound for all but 24 2/3 innings of his 2018 campaign with the Twins. When healthy, however, he’s been as durable and productive as they come. Santana earned his second career All-Star distinction in 2017 and pitched to a 16-8 record in 33 starts with three shutouts, a 3.28 ERA, 2.6 BB/9, 7.1 SO/9, and 2.9 fWAR through 211 1/3 innings.

Barring further complications with his pitching hand, the 36-year-old should be a stabilizing force for the White Sox’ rotation in 2019 — assuming he can beat out southpaw Manny Bañuelos and right-handers Jordan Stephens and Dylan Covey for a back-end role, that is. According to FanGraphs, the club’s starters ranked worst in the league in 2018 with a collective 5.07 ERA, 5.18 FIP, and 3.1 fWAR.