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September 16, 2010 - Traded
- The Chicago White Sox acquired Manny Ramirez just before the August 31st
trade deadline this year. In 13 games since, Manny has failed to drive in
a single run and stranded six men on base Tuesday night in the Sox' biggest game
of the season, a must-win series opener against the Minnesota Twins at home.
For this one month of service, the Sox are paying Ramirez about $4 million, or
twice as much as the Twins paid for a full year of Jim Thome.
Interestingly, this dud of a deadline deal comes two years after Manny Ramirez
became one of the biggest-impact deadline acquisitions in MLB history for the
Los Angeles Dodgers.
The recently published Traded
by Doug Decatur attempts to quantify the
most lopsided trades in baseball history, and cautions that trading young
prospects in order to make a late-season run at the playoffs rarely pays off.
That notion is easy to believe, given that the White Sox did not part with any
prospects in acquiring Manny Ramirez and still failed to benefit from that deal.
Nevertheless, a closer examination
of the methodology and findings of Traded
is in order.
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