Manny Ramirez Signs With Texas Rangers
"Manny spent the entirety of his early summer months playing for the EDA Rhinos of the Chinese Professional Baseball League. During his time with the Taiwan-based club, Ramirez batted .352, belting eight home runs and knocking in 43 runs in 49 games.
Expected to return for the second half of the Chinese season, Ramirez suddenly parted ways with the club in June, looking for a chance to make a United States return. Ramirez's agent, Barry Praver, spoke with Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi about the move and the former Boston Red Sox great's desires.
“The reason he decided not to return for the second half was to free himself to be available to play in the United States,” Praver said. "This whole thing with Manny in Taiwan was a phenomenon. He invigorated the league. Attendance went through the roof. It was a very positive experience for both sides."
Should Ramirez keep his nose clean and perform on the field, this could be a great low-risk move for Texas. The Rangers are just 0.5 games out of first place in the American League West coming into Wednesday night, but they are in need of a right-handed slugger to breathe life into their lineup.
Ramirez is 14th on the all-time home-run list with 555 and a career .312 hitter. He's been named to 12 All-Star Games, won nine Silver Slugger awards and was the 2004 World Series MVP with the Red Sox."
I'm pretty sure that a healthy middle-aged Manny could outplay a healthy middle-aged Lud right now!! (much less an injured/possibly out 4 the year Lud)....I mean, as a Reds/Bengals fan, I know this is much more a Mike Brown kinda move than a Bob Castellini one, but as Cincinnati owners these two have to atleast enjoy a luncheon or two a year, right?....especially with our new found love for former Cleveland Indians this year....Just Sayin' !!