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Theo Epstein and the Chicago Cubs have signed Manny Ramirez to a minor league deal. Ramirez, 42, will coach full-time and play part-time for Triple-A Iowa.
“While Manny is not and will not be a fit on the Cubs major league roster, we do think at this stage of his life he’s a nice fit as a mentor for some of the young talented hitters we have in the organization,” Epstein said in the press release. “Manny will coach full-time and play part-time in a limited role that does not take at-bats away from our prospects. If he shows there is still some magic in his bat, perhaps he will find his way to the major leagues and help another team, but that is not why he is here. We are thrilled that he wants to work with our young hitters and make a difference.”
Ramirez hasn’t played in the major leagues since 2011, when he played 17 games for the Rays before being served with a 100-game steroid suspension that led him to retire. He later returned to play for an A’s minor-league affiliate and served a reduced 50-game suspension.
He has had a desire to return to the major leagues, but Theo is adamant that it won’t be with the Cubs.
Theo famously traded a disgruntled Manny to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the 2008 season in a deal to acquire Jason Bay.