BALTIMORE - FILE: Manny Ramirez #24 of the Boston Red Sox hits his 500th home run in the seventh inning against the Baltimore Orioles May 31, 2008 at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. According to reports on April 8, 2011, Ramirez will retire as an active player in Major League Baseball. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
Manny Ramirez is back in the sport that made him a legend. The ex-Boston Red Sox star and performance enhancing drug user signed a minor league deal with the Oakland Athletics. Ramirez is a career .312 hitter with 555 home runs.
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