Texas Rangers release Manny Ramirez from Minor League deal

08/14/2013 1:32 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Manny Ramirez began the year in Taiwan before signing with Texas.(AP)
The Texas Rangers released Manny Ramirez from his Minor League contract Tuesday, barely a month after signing the veteran slugger and assigning him to Triple-A Round Rock.

Ramirez posted a .259-3-13 line in 30 games for the Express. It was thought he might be brought up once Nelson Cruz’s suspension was announced, but the Rangers chose to wait and instead acquired Alex Rios from the White Sox.

In a statement, Texas general manager Jon Daniels said there just “was not a spot” for Manny to be Manny in Arlington, and so the two sides parted ways.

"Based on our evaluation, there was not a spot for Manny on the club at this time," Daniels said. “We released him so he could pursue other opportunities if he so chooses."

Ramirez began the season playing for the EDA Rhinos in Taiwan, where he hit .352 with eight homers and 43 RBI before leaving in June in an attempt to land another Major League gig.

A 12-time All-Star, Ramirez is a .312 career hitter with 555 home runs in 19 seasons – but he hasn’t played in the Majors since April 2011, when he abruptly retired after five games with the Tampa Bay Rays to avoid serving a 100-game suspension for a second violation of MLB’s drug policy.

After sitting out that whole year, Ramirez agreed to a reduced 50-game ban in 2012 and signed with Oakland, hitting .302 with 14 RBI in 17 games with Triple-A Sacramento before being released last June.

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