Phoenix, AZ, USA; Oakland Athletics designated hitter Manny Ramirez bats in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks during a spring training game at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Manny Ramirez Released By Oakland A's

Manny Ramirez was supposed to be with the A's by the end of May, but when it became clear that wasn't going to happen, he asked for his release.

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Manny Ramirez 'Not Ready For Majors'

Manny Ramirez is 40, and he hasn't played baseball in a year.

Seems like every Manny Ramirez update should lead with those salient facts. Manny is not a young man. And he's missed a year of baseball. Either of those things would be kind of a big deal when anticipating how a player will perform. Both of them together are deadly.

So it's not that much of a surprise the scouts who have watched Manny's time with the Sacramento Rivercats aren't besmitten. From Susan Slusser:

The A's do have one of the greatest right-handed hitters of all time at Triple-A Sacramento, but scouts and baseball executives who have seen Ramirez recently agree with Oakland's assessment that he is not ready for the majors. In addition, Ramirez has been bothered by left hamstring tightness that limited him to one at-bat in the past four games, but Ramirez is hanging in there, he said Sunday.

Manny's suspension is up, so the only impediment to him reaching the majors again is how well he plays baseball.


Manny Ramirez 2-for-2 With A Walk In AAA Tuneup

The Oakland A's were looking for some lineup thump when they signed Manny Ramirez. Actually, I'm not entirely sure what they were looking for. Some wig concessions. A little power. A good eye to teach the kids the virtue of plate discipline. Could be that Billy Beane was dreadfully bored, and he wanted to watch Ramirez try to buy sodas with Canadian money after a road trip to Toronto.

Whatever the reason, things didn't go well for Ramirez in his first rehab start in AAA on Saturday, as he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

On Monday night, though, the old Manny showed up, taking a walk and hitting two singles against the Round Rock Express. Considering that the last time we saw Ramirez, he was busy flailing away at major-league hitting in Tampa, this is the first time Ramirez has been successful in a game since the end of 2010. He'll take it.

The plan is still to have Ramirez play in AAA until his 50-game suspension expires at the end of May.


Manny Ramirez Works Out For A's, According To Report

Manny Ramirez recently worked out for the Oakland A's in Florida, sources tell's Jane Lee. The A's are reported to have a strong interest in signing the free agent slugger to a one-year deal worth slightly more than the league minimum of $480,000, according to the Associated Press.

If he signs, Ramirez wouldn't be eligible to play for the A's until at least May 30, as he still needs to serve a 50-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He tested positive for a banned substance five games into the 2011 season after signing with the Tampa Bay Rays. He opted to retire rather than serve a 100-game suspension, which Major League Baseball eventually reduced by half.

Ramirez, who turns 40 years old in May, hasn't played more than 104 games in a season since 2008. He split the 2010 season between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox, hitting a combined .298 (.409 OBP, .460 SLG) with nine home runs and 42 RBI in 265 at-bats over 90 games. The A's would most likely use him as a designated hitter. The A's finished 2011 ranked No. 12 in runs scored and home runs out of 14 American League teams.

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