TEXAS (WGGB) — The troubled post-Red Sox career of outfielder Manny Ramirez has taken on another chapter. Ramirez has signed a minor-league deal with the Texas Rangers.
Rangers executives called the move a “flier” yesterday, after signing the former slugger to a minimum salary. Ramirez will suit up for the Triple-A Round Rock Express in Texas and the Rangers will monitor his progress, in need of a big bat in their lineup.
After leading the Red Sox to two World Series titles, including their first in 86 years, Manny left Boston in 2008. His troubled career since has been riddled with inconsistency and allegations of performance enhancing drug use.
He did not leave Boston on the best of terms, and proceeded to bounce around between the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox and Tampa Bay Rays, before deciding to retire after testing positive for elevated testosterone levels in 2011.
But, Manny returned to take on a minor-league stint with the Oakland A’s last year, before playing for a Taiwanese team this year.
In not exactly “Manny being Manny” fashion, Ramirez will be donating all of his new salary to charity.