12x All-Star Manny Ramirez has recently agreed to a $500,000 minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics. The A’s have little to lose and much to gain when looking at the sluggers potential to contribute down the road when returning from his 50-game suspension. Ramirez will have to sit out the first portion of the regular season after violating baseball’s drug policy for the second time.
“I am very pleased Billy (A’s GM Billy Beane) was able to add Manny to our team,” owner Lew Wolff said in an email. “I look forward to welcoming him and the entire team that Billy and his people have assembled for the coming season.”
Oakland also agreed to terms on a $36 million, four-year contract with outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who previously expressed interest in playing with Ramirez. This would mark the Manny’s 20th season in the big leagues, a career .312 hitter with 1,831 RBIs. Stay tuned for more MLB offseason updates here at Ace.