Manny Ramirez is back in the sport that made him a legend. The former Boston Red Sox star and performance enhancing drug using outfielder has signed a minor league deal with the Oakland Athletics on Monday, MLB.com has confirmed.
Ramirez will only make $500,000, which is the league minimum, and is expected to arrive at A's spring training by the end of the week. Ramirez is a 19-year veteran who has a career .312 batting average with 555 home runs and 1,831 RBI. He last played for the Tampa Bay Rays before abruptly retiring upon learning that he would face a 100-game suspension for a second positive performance enhancing drug test. Ramirez also tested positive during his stint with the L.A. Dodgers.
In eight seasons with the Red Sox, Ramirez had a .312 batting average with 274 homers and 868 RBI. During his career, Ramirez played for five teams -- the Red Sox, Rays, Dodgers, Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians. Upon his return, Ramirez will still be required to serve a 50-game suspension, meaning he can't play or be payed until May 30.
May 30, 1972