Manny Ramirez Released by Texas Rangers

Mandy Cheng/AFP/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- The Texas Rangers released 12-time All-Star outfielder Manny Ramirez from his minor league contract on Tuesday.

The Rangers signed the 41-year-old Ramirez early last month and assigned him to Triple-A Round Rock, where he batted .259 with three home runs and 13 RBIs in 30 games. Before joining Texas, Ramirez spent three months this year playing in Taiwan for the Rhinos.

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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