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The Athletics and Manny Ramirez could reach an agreement within days

Feb 17, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported earlier this week that the Athletics were “likely” to sign Manny Ramirez just before or soon after the start of spring training, so the following information should come as no real surprise.

According to Janie McCauley of the Associated Press, the Athletics still have “strong interest” in Ramirez and could reach an agreement on a contract as soon as the next few days or sometime next week.

If a deal is reached, McCauley writes that the 39-year-old would receive a contract for “slightly more than the league minimum of $480,000.” It’s not clear whether this would be as part of a guaranteed major-league deal or a minor-league deal. Just speculating, but it’s possible some other performance-based incentives would be included.

Ramirez would be eligible to participate during Cactus League action, but he would have to sit out the first 50 games of the regular season as he serves a suspension for his second positive PED test. Barring any rainouts, he could make his A’s debut as soon as June 2 against the Royals.

  1. phillyphever - Feb 17, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Ah DJ, Manny’s suspended for 100 games, not 50.

    • dameeze - Feb 17, 2012 at 10:36 PM

      Ahh phillyphever, Manny’s suspended for 50 games, not 100. U lose.

    • jimbo1949 - Feb 17, 2012 at 10:42 PM

      He must have pictures of Bud in a compromising position, it’s been reduced to 50 games.

      • deathmonkey41 - Feb 18, 2012 at 10:03 AM

        Nah, he just called Bud Selig and asked if he could use his Red Sox exemption. Bud said that since he was no longer on the team, the best he could do was cut the suspension in half.

  2. phillyphever - Feb 17, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    Ah dameeze, this is his second time getting busted. That should be a 100 game suspension.

    • jwbiii - Feb 17, 2012 at 10:53 PM

      Nope. 50.

    • jlove42 - Feb 18, 2012 at 2:31 AM

      Ah, phillyfever, get in the now

    • dameeze - Feb 18, 2012 at 3:12 AM

      Ah phillyphever, reading pwns u. U lose again. 50 games not 100.

  3. pisano - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    I don’t care if it’s 50 or 100 games, what I want to know is why would anyone want this low life scumbag cancer on their team?

  4. aaronmoreno - Feb 18, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Old suspended DHs are the new market inefficiency.

  5. sjsharksfan11 - Feb 18, 2012 at 2:34 AM

    Ironic this juicer will be playing and suiting up at the birthplace of steroids. Watch the hypocrite A’s fans (the very few that you can easily spot on tv) embrace this clown after bashing Giants fans regarding Bonds.

    • jwbiii - Feb 18, 2012 at 9:23 PM

      The A’s are moving to France? Really?

  6. rip4gehrig - Feb 18, 2012 at 5:33 AM

    You know what I think of this story…Who gives a &^#$%!!!!

  7. metalhead65 - Feb 18, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    it’s only a 100 games if you are not a former star, then you can say you are sorry blame it on some over the counter stuff you took and say that it will never ever happen again.

  8. Louie Schuth - Feb 18, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    In all reality, Manny’s not really an outfielder.

  9. jonathanfesler - Feb 18, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    I was ready to give this guy 1 hundred mil and part of the cubs and rename the stadium if he would come to the cubs! Now it would be nice if he’d just go away

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