Manny Ramirez Back in MLB, Agrees to Deal with A's

Dan Irwin@irwinsportsCorrespondent IIFebruary 21, 2012

Manny is back, and the popularity of the decision is debatable.
Manny is back, and the popularity of the decision is debatable.Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

It could end up being one of the worst moves in the history of sports.  Only time will tell.

But for the time being, Manny Ramirez—yes the same Manny who jogs casually to balls in the outfield in the playoffs, and the same Manny who failed a performance-enhancing substance test—has come to an agreement with the Oakland Athletics, ESPN's Pedro Gomez reports.

Pedro's sources say that the deal is worth about $500,000, and that Manny will find himself at spring training with the rest of the team by the end of the week.

Manny had announced his retirement from the game on April 8th, after he was informed about his test results for use of a banned substance.

Ramirez will have to first serve a 50-game suspension for failing the aforementioned steroid test.  He will not be eligible to return to play until his 40th birthday—May 30th.

This will be Ramirez's 20th career season.  A lifetime .312 hitter with 1,831 RBIs, he will certainly have his work cut out for himself in proving to his critics that he is still able to play.

The A's haven't made the playoffs, or had a winning season, since 2006 when they were swept by the Tigers in the ALCS.

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