Mar. 19, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Oakland Athletics designated hitter Manny Ramirez prior to the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks during a spring training game at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
The Oakland Athletics have granted Manny Ramirez his outright release upon his request, the team has announced.
Ramirez, signed in February to a minor league contract, completed his 50-game PED suspension on May 30th but had yet to receive a call-up from Triple-A Sacramento. In 17 games with the minor league squad, the 40-year-old hit .302/.348/.349 with no home runs and three doubles.
ManRam's agent made a statement to Ken Rosenthal this morning that rang similar to Vladimir Guerrero's upon his release from the Blue Jays earlier this week:
Manny believes he has demonstrated that he is ready to return to the major leagues. However, given that the Athletics could not give Manny any assurance that they plan to promote him in the immediate future he asked for his release. Manny thanks the Athletics for providing him with this opportunity.
No word yet on whether other teams have interest in Manny, but it seems unlikely a team will give him the opportunity at big league playing time he is seeking.