Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Veteran slugger Manny Ramirez is reportedly set
to join the Oakland Athletics.
Various reports, including MLB.com, have indicated that Ramirez has agreed to
a minor league contract worth $500,000.
Ramirez played just five games with Tampa Bay last April and suddenly
announced his retirement after a second violation of the league's Joint Drug
Prevention and Treatment Program. The penalty would have included a 100-game
suspension, but he instead chose to hang up his cleats.
In December, Ramirez applied for reinstatement. The Office of the Commissioner
and the Players Association then decided that Ramirez must first serve a 50-
Ramirez, a 12-time All-Star who will turn 40 years old on May 30, previously
served a 50-game ban in 2009 as a member of the Dodgers for his first drug
In 19 seasons with the Indians, Red Sox, Dodgers, White Sox and Rays, Ramirez
has batted .312 with 555 home runs and 1,831 RBI. He won World Series titles
with Boston in 2004 and 2007, capturing MVP honors in the 2004 sweep of St.
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