Manny Ramirez in the White Sox's lineup and hitting fifth today

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After catching an early morning flight to Cleveland yesterday Manny Ramirez was apparently too tired to be in the White Sox’s starting lineup, so he merely appeared briefly in the on deck circle as a potential pinch-hitter before eventually sitting back down when A.J. Pierzynski smacked a three-run homer in front of him.
Now that he’s presumably well-rested, Ramirez is in the lineup for this afternoon’s game against the Indians and will make his White Sox debut starting at designated hitter and batting fifth between Paul Konerko and Mark Teahen.
Chicago trails Minnesota by four games in the AL Central with 30 games left to play, so even if Ramirez proves all the naysayers wrong about his current level of ability it may not be enough for the White Sox to catch the Twins. If the Twins play .500 ball down the stretch the White Sox would have to go 19-11 just to tie them, and Minnesota is 30-14 (.682) in the second half.

Rays’ Díaz gets $24 million, three-year deal, avoids arbitration

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Tampa Bay Rays infielder Yandy Díaz agreed to a $24 million, three-year contract on Tuesday that avoided a salary arbitration hearing.

Díaz’s agreement could be worth $36 million over four seasons.

The 31-year old will receive $6 million this season, $8 million in 2024 and $10 million for 2025. The 2026 club is $12 million with no buyout. There is a $1 million assignment bonus that would be payable by receiving team.

Díaz has spent parts of six seasons in the majors with Cleveland (2017-18) and Tampa Bay (2019-22). He has a career average of .278 with 39 home runs and 198 RBIs.

Acquired by the Rays in a three-team trade on Dec. 13, 2018, Díaz hit .296 with nine homers and 57 RBIs in 137 games last season, He career highs with 71 runs, 140 hits, 33 doubles, and 78 walks.

Díaz was the third Rays’ arbitration-eligible player to reach a deal.

Reliever Pete Fairbanks agreed Friday to a $12 million, three-year contract that could be worth up to $24.6 million over four seasons. The 29-year-old right-hander was 0-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 24 appearances last year after beginning the season on the 60-day injured list with a right lat strain.

Left-hander Jeffrey Springs also agreed last week to a $31 million, four-year contract that could be worth $65.75 million over five seasons.

The 30-year-old began last season in the bullpen and transitioned to the starting rotation in May and finished 9-5 with a 2.46 ERA in 33 appearances, including 25 starts.

Tampa Bay remains scheduled for hearings with right-handers Jason Adam and Ryan Thompson, left-hander Colin Poche, and outfielder Harold Ramírez.