The 41-year-old Ramirez agreed to sign with the Rangers and play for Triple-A Round Rock on July 4 and spent 30 games with the minor-league club. Ramirez hit .259 during that span and smacked three home runs to go with 13 RBI. It wasn't enough to make the Rangers feel like he could work his way back into the majors:
"Based on our evaluation, there was not a spot for Manny on the club at this time," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told MLB.com. "We released him so he could pursue other opportunities if he so chooses."
Ramirez has not played in the majors since 2011. He played in five games during that season with the Tampa Bay Rays, but announced his retirement from professional baseball after testing positive for high testosterone. He played for the Oakland A's in the minor leagues last year, but was most recently playing for the Taiwanese-based EDA Rhinos of the Chinese Professional Baseball League.
The Rangers didn't even scout Ramirez before deciding to bring him to Triple-A Round Rock this season, according to ESPN Dallas. Nevertheless, they decided to take a flyer on the longtime Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox outfielder, who hit 555 homers and 1,831 RBI in his career that spanned 19 seasons.