BOSTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- The Boston Red Sox learned Friday that no team in the majors was willing to take on the huge salary of Manny Ramirez.
Ramirez was placed on irrevocable waivers Wednesday, enabling him to be claimed by any team willing to pay him the $101.5 million owed him over the next five years.
But the 1 p.m EST deadline passed Friday with no claims made on Ramirez. He will make $20.5 million in 2004. Since Ramirez went unclaimed, he will remain with the Red Sox.
The 31-year-old Ramirez, who won the Silver Slugger Award as one of the top three hitting outfielders, is among baseball's best run producers. He is coming off a season in which he hit .325 with 37 homers and 104 RBI.
Ramirez, however, drew the ire of Red Sox management in late August when he missed a series with New York.