The Oakland Athletics have signed slugger Manny Ramirez to a one-year deal. Pedro Gomez of ESPN.com first reported the deal.
The deal is low-risk for the A’s, as it’s just one year at $500,000 with no incentives. Ramirez will first have to serve a 50-game suspension for failing a test for performance enhancing drugs, so he won’t even be able to play in the majors this season until June 2.
The 39-year-old Ramirez is a 12-time All Star, but retired abruptly after only playing in five games with the Tampa Bay Rays, in light of the failed PED test. He un-retired this winter though, and the A’s were linked to him from the beginning. He is expected to serve as the team’s DH once he is done serving his suspension.
Lifetime Manny has hit 555 home runs, which is 14th on the all-time list. He is eight away from catching Reggie Jackson’s 563.