Athletics To Sign Manny Ramirez

As per Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumours:

Manny Ramirez is going to the A’s on a minor league deal, tweets Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.  The deal is worth about $500K in the Majors, reports ESPN’s Pedro Gomez.  The signing has been expected for several weeks.  Though the story is interesting, the A’s took an insignificant financial risk and didn’t commit a roster spot, and the likely reward is small as well.  Ramirez is represented by Praver/Shapiro.

Manny must first serve a 50-game suspension for violating MLB’s performance-enhancing drug policy a second time, making his earliest possible debut June 2nd at Kansas City, according to Gomez.  Ramirez retired when news of the suspension hit in April of last year, but was reinstated in December.

Ramirez, 39, would be a certain Hall of Famer if not for his PED issues.  He owns a .312/.411/.585 line with 555 home runs in 19 seasons for the Indians, Red Sox, Dodgers, White Sox, and Rays.  He’s projected to serve as the A’s designated hitter for the latter two-thirds of the season.

Analysis: Some Blue Jays fans might be disappointed but given the uncertainty surrounding his eroding skills, aging body and PED suspension I say good riddance.

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