Bookmaker – White Sox Get Manny

You won’t be seeing the name of Stephen Strasburg on the bookmaker board for a long time.

The Chicago White Sox made a move that got attention from the public but didn’t move the odds at the bookmaker.  Chicago picked up Los Angeles left fielder Manny Ramirez on waivers.  Manny had not been doing much for the Dodgers and there are serious questions as to whether he has anything left to make a difference vs. the baseball odds at the online bookmaker.

Bookmaker odds at Sbg didn’t move because of the Ramirez news.  Manny was hardly playing for the Dodgers and his numbers just don’t excite people anymore.  He has been in and out of the lineup this season due to injuries and he has not done much for Los Angeles this season.

Manny is not the same – You probably remember Manny Ramirez as the great hitter that led the Red Sox and who was a power hitter for the Dodgers.  That Manny is gone.  After he was suspended last year for failing a drug test he was not the same player.  His power is far less than it used to be and he is simply not a major force anymore and doesn’t affect baseball odds at the online bookmaker.

White Sox are Reaching – Ramirez is expected to become the DH for the White Sox.  Chicago needs some pop in the middle of their order but it seems unlikely that Ramirez will provide it. Manny didn’t even start in his last four games with the Dodgers.  He is hitting .311 this season with eight homers and 40 RBIs.  The average is good but his power has dropped down substantially from where it used to be.  You can draw your own conclusions as to why that is but it seems pretty obvious.

Dodgers Looking Ahead – The Dodgers are really giving up nothing in getting rid of Manny.  They will save some money and start to look to next season.  The Dodgers are only 6.5 games out of the division lead in the National League West but not many people at the bookmaker believe the Dodgers can catch either San Diego or San Francisco.  If the Dodgers believed they had a chance or if they thought Manny was still a productive player they would have kept him.  Putting him on waivers says a lot.