Manny era in Los Angeles comes to a close quietly

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Manny Ramirez captivated Los Angeles when he arrived two years ago, lifting the Dodgers into the playoffs and beguiling the fans with his dreadlocks, his smile and his big swing.

It all ended Monday when the Chicago White Sox claimed the slugger on waivers from the Dodgers, who received nothing in return. In reality, though, Mannywood went into foreclosure a long time ago.

“It was time for us and it was time for him,” general manager Ned Colletti said. “If he could’ve played a lot in the outfield, I would’ve kept him.”

But the 38-year-old left fielder was on the disabled list three times this season, missing a total of 58 games because of two right calf strains and a right hamstring strain.

He landed on the DL a second time in just his second game back after being reinstated the first time this season.

“He wasn’t faking it. He was banged up,” Colletti said.

After returning from his latest injury on Aug. 21, Colletti said it was clear to him that Ramirez couldn’t play the outfield even though the slugger said he wanted to play every day. Without a designated hitter in the NL, Ramirez became expendable.

“He wasn’t going to do that here,” manager Joe Torre said.

Torre didn’t start Ramirez in his final four games with the team, choosing instead to go with recently acquired Scott Podsednik as the leadoff hitter.

“Podsednik gave us a different dynamic that seemed to give us more energy,” said Torre, acknowledging that Ramirez isn’t the defensive player Podsednik is.

“The lack of defense was part of his inability to keep his legs healthy, and that wasn’t his fault.”

Colletti said the White Sox rejected the Dodgers’ offer of $1.5 million for a prospect. Chicago turned down subsequent offers of $1 million and $500,000 for a lower-level prospect. Colletti said Ramirez didn’t ask to be compensated for waiving the no-trade clause in his two-year, $45 million contract.

Ramirez went to the White Sox as a straight waiver claim, making them responsible for the entire $3.8 million remaining on his deal.

That gave the cash-strapped Dodgers a break financially on the same day owner Frank McCourt and his estranged wife Jamie’s divorce trial began in Los Angeles Superior Court. They are fighting over ownership of the franchise.

“It doesn’t hurt,” Colletti said of the savings, “and we’ll be able to use it on the baseball side now and in the future.”

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