ST PETERSBURG, FL - FILE: Designated hitter Manny Ramirez #24 of the Boston Red Sox watches play against the Tampa Bay Rays July 2, 2008 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. According to reports on April 8, 2011, Ramirez will retire as an active player in Major League Baseball. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Major League Baseball has reinstated former Cleveland Indian, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodger, and Chicago White Sox OF Manny Ramirez according to ESPN.com's Buster Olney via Twitter. If Ramirez is to make a Major League roster out of spring training, he will need to serve a 50-game suspension because of his second failed PED test at the beginning of the 2011 season
Ramirez will be looking for a spring training invite, but I am having a hard time believing there will be many teams lining up for his services. Not only does he come with more baggage than an ex-porn star looking to settle down, but his on-field performance has not been up to his standards over the years. Over his last 105 plate appearances, Ramirez is hitting just .160/.240/.189 with one HR and just one extra-base hit.
I could see three teams interested in Manny's services: The Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays, and Miami Marlins. The Orioles and Blue Jays for the DH position and ties to Ramirez from his Red Sox days (Dan Duquette signed Ramirez to Boston and John Farrell was the pitching coach in Boston when Manny was there) and the Marlins for potentially a right-handed hitter off the bench and for name value.
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