The Oakland Athletics announced that Manny Ramirez has requested his outright release and the team has accommodated him. Ramirez will look to continue his career with another organization as he told Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, ”The A's treated me amazingly during all this time, but sadly didn't have space for me and this is something I can't control. I'm going home to continue my training hoping to get the chance to play again.”
Ramirez who signed with the A's in February had been eligible to return to the Majors after serving a 50 game suspension for his second positive drug test for almost two weeks now.
In 69 plate appearances for Triple-A Sacramento, Ramirez posted a slash line of .302/.348/.349 with 0 home runs.
In 19 seasons (going on 20 now) Ramirez has accumulated 555 home runs, 2574 hits, 1831 RBI, with a .312 avg. In his career, Ramirez has played for the Indians, Red Sox, Dodgers, White Sox and Rays.
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