Manny Ramirez experiment over for Texas
The Texas Rangers ended Manny Ramirez’s chance to return to the major leagues through their organization on Tuesday by releasing him from his minor league contract.
Manny had been with the Rangers affiliate Triple-A Round Rock but decided he didn’t have a future with the organization. He is now a free agent and can explore options with other teams, if other teams decide to give him a chance.
“Based on our evaluation, there was not a spot for Manny on the club at this time,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said, via ABC News. “We released him so he could pursue other opportunities if he so chooses.”
During his 30-game stint with Round Rock, Manny hit three homers, all of which came during the first eight games in which he played, according to ESPN. Overall, he hit .259 with three home runs and 13 RBIs. Scouts are reporting that Manny’s bat speed has considerably slowed down from what it used to be.
There may have been a chance of him getting called up after Nelson Cruz was suspended for the rest of the season as part of the Biogenesis scandal, but the Rangers traded for Alex Rios instead. Manny himself has dealt in PED usage. He tested positive twice and after the second positive test he decided to retire rather than serve a 100-game suspension. He has not played in the majors since April, 6 2011 as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays.
This was Manny’s second attempt to return to the major leagues. He played in the Oakland A’s minor league system last season. Manny also spent part of this season playing in Taiwan.