Athletics To Sign Manny Ramirez

Manny Ramirez has agreed to terms with the A's on a minor league deal, the team announced today.  The deal is worth about $500K in the Majors, reports ESPN's Pedro Gomez.  The signing has been expected for several weeks.  Though the story is interesting, the A's took an insignificant financial risk and didn't commit a roster spot, and the likely reward is small as well.  Ramirez is represented by Praver/Shapiro.

Manny must first serve a 50-game suspension for violating MLB's performance-enhancing drug policy a second time, making his earliest possible debut June 2nd at Kansas City, according to Gomez.  Ramirez retired when news of the suspension hit in April of last year, but was reinstated in December.

Ramirez, 39, would be a certain Hall of Famer if not for his PED issues.  He owns a .312/.411/.585 line with 555 home runs in 19 seasons for the Indians, Red Sox, Dodgers, White Sox, and Rays.  He's projected to serve as the A's designated hitter for the latter two-thirds of the season.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports was the first to report that the agreement had been made (both Twitter links).

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