MILWAUKEE -- As far as his manager is concerned, the rumors swirling about a potential trade involving Dodgers left fielder Manny Ramirez is no different now than a month ago.
"I don't think it's anything different than [what] goes on in July with all the rumors that fly around in July about trade possibilities," Joe Torre said. "I don't see any concern."
It's been speculated that, barring any significant Dodgers winning streak, Ramirez could be placed on waivers sometime this week.
Among the teams that expressed interest in acquiring Ramirez before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline were the White Sox and Rays. To be traded by the end of this month, Ramirez would first need to clear waivers.
If placed on waivers, Ramirez could go to a team that claims him, he could be traded to that team, or he could be pulled back by the Dodgers and remain with the club through the end of the 2010 season.
Despite all the interest in Ramirez's potential departure from Los Angeles this week, Torre expressed little concern over the effect on Ramirez.
"In this game, because it is the game of baseball, you're really bred to deal with distractions," Torre said. "That's our job. I don't see it affecting anything at this point."