February 21, 2012 by staff
Manny Ramirez, Manny Ramirez found a taker in Oakland — at a bargain price. The suspended slugger agreed on a minor league contract Monday with the Athletics that is worth approximately $500,000 if he’s added to the big league roster.
The A’s announced the deal and said Ramirez is expected to report to spring training by the end of the week, in time for Oakland’s first full-squad workout Saturday. He is a non-roster invitee.
The 12-time All-Star is due to serve a 50-game suspension for his second positive drug test before he can play for the A’s. Barring rainouts, his first game could be May 30 — on his 40th birthday. But that didn’t deter general manager Billy Beane and the Athletics.
“I am very pleased Billy was able to add Manny to our team,” owner Lew Wolff said in an email. “I look forward to welcoming him and the entire team that Billy and his people have assembled for the coming season.”
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