BOSTON (CBS) — Manny Ramirez is back in baseball.

The right-handed slugger, who turns 40 in May, agreed to a one-year deal with the Oakland A’s with a base salary of $500,000 at the major league level, according to CBSSports’ Jon Heyman. The agreement is a minor league deal.

Ramirez will still have to serve a 50-game suspension that carries over from last year, when Ramirez tested positive for a banned substance. Because it was his second failed drug test, Ramirez faced a 100-game ban. Ramirez opted instead to retire, but before he decided to rejoin MLB, the punishment was dropped to 50 games.

Ramirez played in just five games for the Tampa Bay Rays last season, going 1-for-17 with one RBI. Ramirez’s contract with the Rays was worth $2 million.

Ramirez was arrested in September after a domestic dispute in his Florida home.

Comments (4)
  1. r lewis says:

    What a waste of time and money.

  2. stephen towne says:

    if manny can leave the antics behind him he’s still a feared hitter and could be a great mentor to the new cuban born outfielder that signed with Oakland

    1. r.lewis says:

      He’s just a big waste of time and money

  3. r.lewis says:

    He can’t teach anybody anything except how to cheat He should not be allowed back in baseball I cannot understand how a player cannot play in the first 50 game’s of the season because of a failed drug test and then is allowed to play again after that. What a disgrace and this is his second time where is the commisser of baseball how can he allow this crap to go on.

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