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Why Manny Is Gone

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On Friday Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said that the Dodgers would not be inclined to deal away key players while the Dodgers were in playoff contention. He also said that outfielder Manny Ramirez was crucial in the Dodgers making the postseason. Today it was officially announced that the Chicago White Sox would get Ramirez in a straight waiver deal.

“If he could have played left field every day, it would be a different story,” Colletti said. “We wouldn’t be standing here right now.

“The defense got to be a struggle for him, and he wanted to continue to hit and continue to try and be productive.”

Colletti was insistent that this move was not the Dodgers waving the white flag.

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“I don’t think we’re out. I think the reality of the defensive part of the game being a struggle. It’s not like we don’t have a Major League outfielder to play left field.”