ESPN is reporting this afternoon that Manny Ramirez will join the Oakland Athletics this season. The 40 year old Ramirez still must serve a 50-game suspension this season, carried over from last season, a suspension which forced Ramirez to depart the Tampa Bay Rays roster.
Ramirez will enter his 20th season in the majors, but he must serve his league imposed suspension before joining the active roster of the Oakland A’s. According to ESPN, barring no setbacks, Ramirez would be able to join the team on June 2nd.
Sources tell ESPN that the deal is worth a reported $500,000.00 dollars for the 2012 season. Ramirez is a career .312 hitter with 555 home runs and 1,831 RBI’s.
The sports leader reports that newly signed Cuban defector, OF Yoenis Cespedes expressed an interest in playing alongside Manny Ramirez.
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