Last year, multi-juiced offender Manny Ramirez retired from baseball rather that face up to the consequences of cheating the system multiple times. However, Moneyball, Billy Beane, now pursues Manny as a low-cost, run-producing, veteran on the rebuilding As. To CBS Sacramento:
If things come together, the 39-year-old would sign a deal for slightly more than the league minimum of $480,000.
He first must serve a 50-game suspension without pay for violating baseball’s drug policy for the second time. With no rainouts, the first game Ramirez would be eligible to play is June 2 at Kansas City.
The sides could reach agreement as soon as the next few days or sometime next week, and Ramirez then likely would travel from Florida to Arizona to undergo a physical before joining Oakland’s spring training camp for full-squad workouts starting Feb. 25. Pitchers and catchers report to camp Saturday.
The Athletes may be desperate for some run production, and Ramirez must be hungry to get back in the game. He is getting to the age where perfomance at the higest level will deteriorate rapidly, to a point where the fountain of steroid youth gave him an opportunity, expect the steroid testing outed that plan.
Interesting debate: Should aging athletes be given testosterone replacements? There are a ton of aging men who line up for testosterone shots from their friendly GP. While not endorsing that, it is an interesting question. Manny, if not allowed a steroid boost, will find his performance significantly degraded from even last year.