MILWAUKEE -- According to a Major League source, Manny Ramirez is not the only player being shopped by the Dodgers on the waiver wire. The source reports that they have also placed Casey Blake, Hiroki Kuroda, Scott Podsednik and Jay Gibbons on waivers.
As is the case with Ramirez, if the four additional players have been placed on waivers, teams have until Friday to claim any one of them. If only one team were to claim them, that club would have until Tuesday to work out a deal with Los Angeles. The Dodgers can also simply award any player on waivers to the claiming team, or they can pull them off waivers. By rule, clubs are not allowed to discuss or confirm ongoing waiver transactions.
The consensus among those placed on waivers was that they were unaware of the move before being told by reporters.
"It's fine," Gibbons said. "I'm just happy to be here. I'd like to stay, but I was playing [in] Albuquerque two weeks ago, so if something happens, it happens."
Gibbons was recalled from Triple-A on Aug. 8, joining the Dodgers and playing in the Majors for the first time since 2007.
Podsednik was acquired by the Dodgers from the Royals in late July, as the club looked to boost its playoff chances. Now on the edge of falling out of even the National League Wild Card race, the Dodgers may be hoping someone else could use an extra outfielder in September.
How would Podsednik feel about a second trade in less than a month?
"I really don't have a comment on it," Podsednik said. "I haven't really thought about it to be honest with you. But am I surprised? Not really, no."
Like his teammates, Blake expressed an interest in remaining with the Dodgers, but understood that waiver claims and late season trades are part of the game.
"I don't really think about it much," Blake said. "If somebody claims me, I just think that I'm not in control here, so I'm not going to worry about it much."