Manny Ramirez was officially reinstated from the retirement list by MLB on Saturday, though he must serve a 50-game suspension if signed. Ramirez recently spoke to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, here are a few highlights.
On his abrupt April retirement:
"I was badly advised, I took a decision I should not have taken. I should have said something to my fans. I was surrounded by many people who gave me bad advice. I made an emotional decision, but I have regretted that decision since the day I made it."
On his willingness to sign a minor league deal:
"If a scout comes by and sees me, sees the shape that I'm in, I can get a big league contract, but the doors are open."
On his willingness to play Japan or someone else other than MLB:
"We are the working class and wherever there is work, you must go work."
Barry Bonds was unable to find a minor league offer in 2008 and 2009, and while Manny doesn't come with quite as much baggage, it's possible he'll come up empty as well.