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.

Twins designate Phil Hughes for assignment

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Phil Hughes was officially designated for assignment by the Twins on Tuesday, the culmination of multiple injury-plagued seasons and poor performance.

Things couldn’t have started out much better for Hughes in Minnesota. The former Yankees hurler joined the Twins on a three-year, $24 million contract in December of 2013 and reeled off a 3.52 ERA over 32 starts during his first season with the club. He set the MLB record (which still stands, by the way) for single season strikeout-to-walk ratio and even received some downballot Cy Young Award consideration. The big year resulted in the two sides ripping up their previous agreement with a new five-year, $58 million deal, but it was all downhill after that.

Hughes took a step back with a 4.40 ERA in 2015 and struggled with a 5.95 ERA over 11 starts and one relief appearance in 2016 before undergoing surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. He wasn’t any better upon his return last year, putting up a 5.87 ERA in nine starts and five relief appearances. Hughes missed time with a biceps issue and required a thoracic outlet revision surgery in August. He began this year on the disabled list with an oblique injury, only to put up a 6.75 ERA over two starts and five relief appearances before the Twins decided to turn the page this week.

Hughes is still owed the remainder of his $13.2 million salary for this year and another $13.2 million next year. The deal didn’t work out as anyone would have hoped, but unfortunately this is another case of health just not cooperating.