The Texas Rangers said Wednesday they had agreed to terms on a minor league contract with the 41-year-old slugger, who hasn’t played in the big leagues since 2011 with Tampa Bay.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said part of the deal was Ramirez, twice suspended for testing positive for banned drugs, agreeing to cut his hair and “comply with our minor league rules on appearance and discipline.”
Ramirez was set to report to Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday, and he will be a designated hitter whenever he is activated. He played for three months in Taiwan before leaving the Rhinos on June 20.
“It’s kind of a no-risk flier,” said Daniels, indicating there was no time frame for him to be called up to the majors. “We like giving guys second chances. We know on and off the field the good and bad in Manny’s career. But we’re inclined to give him an opportunity here.”
Ramirez hit .352 with eight homers and 43 RBIs for the Rhinos "
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After a short stint playing baseball in Taiwan, 41-year-old Manny Ramirez has signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers, the teamRead more
The Rangers have signed outfielder/DH Manny Ramirez to a minor-league contract, the team announced on Wednesday. The 12-time All-StarRead more