Former top MLB slugger Manny Ramirez retired abruptly last April after he faced a lengthy suspension following a dirty drug test. Well, nearly a year later, he is returning.
According to ESPN, the 39-year old ball player has agreed to a deal with the Oakland Athletics.
The sports network said the deal is a one-year contract worth about $500,000. However, Ramirez is obligated to serve a 50-game suspension without pay before he can play for the A’s
If there is no rainouts, the first game Ramirez would be eligible to play is June 2 at Kansas City.
Ramirez turns 40 on May 30, and currently ranks 14th on the career list with 555 home runs. Last season, he went just 1 for 17 (.059) in five games for Tampa Bay, which had signed him to a one-year deal worth $2.02 million.
If he plays this season, it would be his 20th.
The A’s haven’t reached the playoffs or had a winning season since being swept by the Tigers in the 2006 AL championship series.