Manny Ramirez released by Rangers
The Texas Rangers made a big move earlier in the week when they acquired Alex Rios to take the place of the suspended Nelson Cruz. By making that move it was pretty clear Manny Ramirez was not in their plans for this season, and the Rangers have now officially released him from his minor league contract.
Ramirez started off this season playing in Taiwan, and then came back to the United States where the Texas Rangers signed him to a minor league deal. This is the second straight season that Ramirez has been signed to a minor league contract, last year it was the Oakland Athletics that gave him a short shot.
In his whole tenure with the Rangers, Ramirez stayed at triple-A Round Rock where he hit .259 with three home runs, according to the Los Angeles Times.
As for the reason for Ramirez’s release, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said that it was done so Ramirez could pursue other opportunities if he chooses reports ABC News. Also Daniels said that the Rangers didn’t have a roster spot available for Ramirez. After the acquisition of Rios, especially considering Lance Berkman is entrenched as the teams designated hitter, the lineup is pretty set. They have trouble finding regular playing time for top prospect Jurickson Profar.
This could mark the end of Ramirez’s career. He is now 41 years old, and cannot surface with a Major League team. If this is the end, it was an interesting career that featured 555 home runs – which is 14th all time – and two suspensions for using performance enhancing drugs. Ramirez’s numbers are Hall of Fame worthy but odds are he will never make it in based on his past with PED’s.