Rangers Sign Manny To Minor League Deal

Manny Ramirez poised to swing during his debut game on the island after joining EDA Rhinos in March, in Taiwan's southern Kaohsiung baseball stadium. US baseball legend Manny Ramirez quit Taiwan's EDA Rhinos on June 19, breaking local fans' hearts just three-months after joining the team despite being the highest paid player in the league's history.  AFP PHOTO / Mandy Cheng        (Photo credit should read Mandy Cheng/AFP/Getty Images)

Manny Ramirez playing for the EDA Rhinos, in Taiwan’s southern Kaohsiung baseball stadium.(Photo credit should read Mandy Cheng/AFP/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – The Texas Rangers announced Wednesday that they have signed Manny Ramirez to a one-year minor league deal.

He will report to the club’s Triple-A Round Rock affiliate on Thursday and work out for a few days before being officially activated.

Texas Rangers GM Jon Daniels tells 105.3 The Fan ” We believe in giving guys second chances and if he’s got something and fits in our winning culture, we’ll consider giving him a shot.”

Daniels also indicated that Ramirez has agreed to wearing the team jersey properly and will cut his hair.

Reports say Ramirez will earn $500,000 pro-rated at the big league level.

Ramirez began the year with Taiwan’s EDA Rhinos of the Chinese Professional Baseball League, batting .352 (64-182) with 8 homers, 13 doubles, and 43 RBI.

Ramirez’s last major league appearance was with Tampa Bay in 2011. He was suspended for 50 games in 2009 while with the Dodgers after testing positive for a banned drug. He retired in April 2011 instead of serving a 100-game ban for a second positive test, but later agreed to a reduced 50-game suspension and played in the minors for Oakland in 2012.

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