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ARLINGTON, Texas The way Texas general manager Jon Daniels looks at it, the club signing Manny Ramirez to a minor-league deal was a no-risk flier.
It's a risk the club is taking on one of the most productive right-handed bats in major-league history.
Texas agreed to terms with Ramirez on a deal Wednesday. Ramirez will report to the club's Triple A Round Rock Express Thursday and begin working out for a few days before he's activated.
Once he begins playing for the Express, there are no guarantees for Ramirez.
"Obviously with our history we like giving guys second chances," Texas general manager Jon Daniels said. "We know on and off the field the good and the bad in Manny's career. We're inclined to give him an opportunity here. When it comes to playing for the Rangers, two things are critical to us. One obviously you have to be talented and productive and just as important, you've got to fit our winning culture here in Arlington and throughout our organization."
Once he gets to Round Rock, he'll be the DH for the Express and have to comply with the same rules as the other minor leaguers, which means his dreadlocks will be no more.
Texas did not have anyone scouting Ramirez in Taiwan, where he hit .352 with eight home runs and 43 RBI before leaving the country last month.
Ramirez has played for Cleveland, Boston, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox and Tampa Bay. Whether or not he'll be able to add Texas to that long list of teams remains to be seen.
"We'll evaluate him as we go," Daniels said. "There are no deadlines, no end dates. If he's productive and we feel he'll fit our culture in the clubhouse we'll give him an opportunity. If either of those ends don't pan out, kind of no harm, no foul."
Ramirez is 14th all-time with 555 home runs and 18th in RBI with 1,831. Ramirez worked out for some clubs in Florida but the Rangers weren't one of them. They talked to him about what his potential role would be if he made the Rangers, and Ramirez was good with that.
Daniels said the club could use a right-handed bat. He also said the move had nothing to do with the struggles and injury concerns surrounding Lance Berkman, who was back in the lineup for Texas for the first time in a week Wednesday.
Daniels doesn't know Ramirez personally but hitting coach Dave Magadan was his hitting coach in Boston. Daniels talked with Ramirez Wednesday and Ramirez told him he hadn't slept in a couple of nights hoping the deal could get done.
While no one in the current Rangers clubhouse has much of a playing history with Ramirez, the back of his baseball card speaks for itself.
"He's one of the greatest right-handed hitters of all-time," Ian Kinsler said. "He wants to prove that he can still play in this league and be productive. Any time you can add one of the greatest hitters of all time I think you take a chance."
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Manny Ramirez will be coming back to the States on a minor league deal for the Rangers which includes the stipulation that he cut off his famous dreadlocks.
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Berkman got some help from the Arlington Fire Department in locating and refurbishing a fire truck reports NBC DWF. The completed truck will presented to the...
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