With the 2014 MLB trade deadline having passed, many teams place players on waivers. The Los Angeles Dodgers did that on Tuesday by placing Hanley Ramirez, Josh Beckett, Matt Kemp, Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier all on waivers. The only players who might be claimed were Beckett and Ramirez because they are in the final year on their contracts. Kemp, Crawford and Ethier were not expected to be claimed because of their large contracts.
Ramirez was claimed by an unidentified team, and the two sides now have three days to work out a deal. However, the Dodgers may still cancel the claim and keep Ramirez. The other two options would be to work out a trade with the claiming team or let that team claim him outright.
So far in 2014, Ramirez is hitting .272 with 12 home runs and 56 RBIs. The 30-year-old shortstop has seen his production fall both at the plate as well as on the field.
Ramirez is having another poor fielding year with 12 errors through 87 games. His glove is becoming a liability for the Dodgers as seen in Monday’s 5-0 loss to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Ramirez fielded two routine ground balls only to make poor lackadaisical throws that went wide of first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. Unfortunately, the Dodgers do not have a better option off the bench or in the minors to replace Ramirez mainly because of his offensive production.
The Dodgers now head to Angel Stadium to finish off the home-and-home Freeway Series. Dan Haren (8-9, 4.76) will look to build on the Dodgers two and a half game NL West lead on second place San Francisco Giants. Haren will face rookie Matt Shoemaker (9-3, 4.09), who has been surprisingly good for the Angels.