posted on Oct, 30 2003 @ 01:35 PM
All-star slugger Manny Ramirez was placed on irrevocable waivers by the Boston Red Sox, who hope another team will take on the remaining five years of
his huge contract.
The move was confirmed Thursday by a top baseball executive who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.
The outfielder has five years and $101.5 million US remaining on a $160-million, eight-year contract, and would get an extra $1 million if he switches
teams. He is scheduled to make $20.5 million next season.
If he does leave the Red Sox, it would slash Boston's payroll and dramatically reshape a team that came within five outs of an AL pennant.
Ramirez hit .325 this year, one point behind teammate Bill Mueller for the AL batting title, and had 37 homers and 104 RBIs. The Red Sox won the wild
card and advanced to AL championship series before losing to the New York Yankees in seven games.
The left fielder was placed on waivers Wednesday, the source said, two days after Boston announced it would not bring back manager Grady Little, who
led the team to 188 regular-season wins the past two years.
Ramirez, 30, is one of baseball's best hitters, but is average, at best, in the outfield and is known for base-running lapses. Over his career,
Ramirez's casual on-field demeanour has attracted critics who view him as absent-minded and apathetic.
He was benched by Little late this season after he missed a crucial series against the Yankees with a sore throat and fever, yet managed to pull
himself out of bed to get together with New York infielder Enrique Wilson at a hotel to reminisce about their days in Cleveland.