Manny Ramirez is a free agent again after he asked the Athletics to release him and the team granted his request on Friday. Ramirez signed a minor-league...
OAKLAND, Calif. — Manny Ramirez is a free agent again after he asked the Athletics to release him and the team granted his request on Friday.
Ramirez signed a minor-league deal with Oakland on Feb. 20 and hit .302 with 14 RBI in 17 games with Class AAA Sacramento. He served a 50-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s drug policy last year, but remained in the minors when the ban ended on his 40th birthday May 30.
“Manny believes he has demonstrated that he is ready to return to the major leagues,” Ramirez’s agents, Barry Praver and Scott Shapiro, said in a statement. “However, given that the Oakland Athletics could not give Manny any assurance that they plan to promote him in the immediate future he asked for his release.”
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