Attention George Steinbrenner, Manny Ramirez is yours if you want him.
According to the Boston Herald, the Red Sox put Ramirez on irrevocable waivers yesterday, which means any team willing to pay Ramirez the $100 million left on his five-year deal can have him as long as they claim him before midnight tomorrow.
Irrevocable waivers mean the Red Sox can't pull him back if any team claims him. If no one claims him, he returns to the Sox, who would surely try to trade him before next season begins.
Ramirez, from Washington Heights, hit .325 this year with 37 homers and 104 RBI. But he's a defensive liability in left, and certainly didn't help his status when he missed a crucial series against the Yankees in Boston due to illness and was then spotted socializing with the Yanks' Enrique Wilson.
Grady Little - the Sox manager who was fired Monday - eventually benched Ramirez.
The Red Sox are also trying to free up some cash with Pedro Martinez and Nomar Garciaparra nearing the end of their deals.
Originally published on October 30, 2003