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Source: Angels asked Dodgers about Manny Ramirez

July 31, 2010 | 10:43 am

The Angels, in search of a big bat to prop up a struggling offense, asked the Dodgers about Manny Ramirez, according to a baseball source.

The Chicago White Sox and Tampa Bay Rays also inquired about Ramirez, the source said.

It is not certain when the Angels made their inquiry or whether the parameters of a trade were discussed. After the Angels were swept by the Boston Red Sox earlier this week, General Manager Tony Reagins acknowledged he might consider selling veterans rather than acquiring them.

The Angels tend to shy away from rental players, and Ramirez will be a free agent at the end of the season, but the carrot of a new contract might have persuaded the Angels to consider whether he would be on his best behavior.

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