Hold on to your hats, folks. The Manny Ramirez saga may not be over just yet. The 40-year-old slugger is knocking the cover off the ball in the Dominican Winter League with an eye on returning to Major League Baseball, reports Jon Morosi of FOX Sports:
Manny Ramirez has 4 HR during Dominican Winter League postseason and wants to continue MLB career, according to agent Barry Praver.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) January 16, 2013
Ramirez is playing his winter ball with the Aguilas Cibaenas and is showing quite a bit more pop than he did with the Oakland Athletics' Triple-A club last spring. Manny hit .293/.360/.434 with four long balls in 25 "regular season" games with the club, and is now hitting .322/.414/.559 with four dingers in the league's postseason.
Ramirez has served out the suspension for his second positive PED test, so any team looking to take a flyer on the eccentric veteran would not have to wait on him for 50 games like the Athletics did last year. The A's signed Ramirez to a deal in February but opted not to call him up to the big leagues when his suspension ended, resulting in Manny requesting his own release.
A sure-fire Hall of Famer before his positive drug tests put his candidacy up in the air, Ramirez is a career .312/.411/.585 hitter with 555 home runs in 19 big-league seasons.