Citing an unnamed baseball source, the newspaper reported the Dodgers put the superstar on the waiver wire after he went hitless in two games since returning from the disabled list for the third time this season.
The move could be the beginning the end of Ramirez's two-year stay in Los Angeles. He is batting .306 with eight homers and 39 RBI in just 63 games this season.
The Chicago White Sox are rumored to have an interest in Ramirez. If they claim him, they would be responsible for paying the remainder of his $20 million salary. Los Angeles also has the option of pulling Ramirez off waivers and keeping him, or trading him to a team that makes a claim.
If Ramirez clears waivers, the Dodgers would be free trade him to any team.
The Times reported that Casey Blake, Scott Podsednik and Jay Gibbons had also been placed on waivers by the Dodgers.
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