(ARLINGTON, Texas) — Twelve-time All-Star outfielder Manny Ramirez agreed to a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers on Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The 41-year-old Ramirez spent three months this year playing in Taiwan for the Rhinos, where he batted .352 with eight home runs and 43 RBIs. He left the team on June 20 to spend more time with his family in New York.
Ramirez last appeared on a big league diamond in 2011 with the Tampa Bay Rays, where he went 1-for 17 in five games. He abruptly retired in April after facing a 100-game suspension for testing positive for elevated testosterone.
Ramirez signed with the Oakland Athletics in 2012 and agreed to a reduced suspension of 50 games. He played in the A’s minor league system before requesting his release in June.
The nine-time Silver Slugger award winner is 14th on the all-time career home runs list with 555.
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