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According to ESPN.COM, the Texas Rangers have signed 41-year-old slugger Manny Ramirez to a minor league contract. Ramirez was assigned to Triple-A Round Rock and will report Thursday, according to MLB.COM. Ramirez had spent this past year playing in Taiwan and had been performing well, hitting .352 with 8 home runs and 43 RBIs. Taiwan had enjoyed having Manny, with one announcer calling one of his home runs “gone like an ex-girlfriend who will never return.”
“My Salary is the minimum wage, but for me it’s too much money, I feel blessed spiritually; I have no words to describe how happy I am,” Ramirez told ESPN’s Enrique Rojas. The Texas Rangers are hoping Manny will do well in Round Rock, as they are in are need of a right-handed bat. The Rangers will monitor Ramirez’s progress closely while in Triple-A.
Texas slugger Nelson Cruz played against Ramirez in the Dominican Winter League this past offseason and said that Manny looked like the same old Manny, Cruz recalls Manny blasting two home runs on hard hit line drives.
“What I saw, he looked good,” Cruz told Enrique Rojas.
“The Bible says that we have to be passed through the fire to see what we’re made of. I went through the fire and then came my blessing,” Manny told ESPN.
Ramirez last played professionally in 2011, when he appeared in just 5 games because of suspensions for elevated testosterone levels. Only time will tell if Many will be of any help or or if he will just prove to be the distraction he often was during his time with several teams in the major leagues.