Things didn’t work out so well for Manny Ramirez and the Tampa Bay Rays just one year ago.
The former Red Sox slugger was suspended for violating MLB’s drug policy for the second time last April and, in response, Ramirez promptly retired from the game.
But Manny is now officially back and in 2012 he will return to the field in an Oakland Athletics uniform, ESPN reported yesterday.
Due to the suspension that he did not serve last season, Ramirez will be docked 50 games to start the season for Oakland. Barring rainouts, Ramirez’ first game back will be on his 40th birthday on May 30 in Minnesota.
ESPN reported the deal to be worth $500,000.
Ramirez has 555 career homers and 1,831 RBI.