The Texas Rangers released minor league outfielder Manny Ramirez Tuesday afternoon. The Rangers signed him to a minor league contract at the beginning of July, but he never made it to the major-league roster. Ramirez was relegated to playing at Triple-A Round Rock for most of the past month and a half, and this release comes as no surprise.
In the minors, Ramirez played in 30 games batting .259/.328/.370 with three home runs and 13 RBI. The Rangers signed him once his season in Taiwan was over, but it never seemed like Ramirez was going to make it with the Rangers anyway since he was not called up right away.
With Nelson Cruz getting suspended at the beginning of August, there was some hope for Ramirez joining the Rangers. However, general manager Jon Daniels opted to trade for Alex Rios instead, which led to there being no space on the roster for Ramirez to play. The 41-year-old will look for another team to latch onto and possibly play for a contender as the season gets closer to September.
Since being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008, Ramirez has not had a consistent team playing for the Chicago White Sox in 2010 and the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011 for five games before calling it quits. He spent some time in overseas where he became a fan favorite in Taiwan, which led him back to the states and with Texas.
I’m not sure exactly what the market is for a player like Ramirez, but if any team is desperate enough, they could land the veteran with playoff experience to help a young, inexperienced team.