Manny Ramirez's time in Taiwan has come to an end. The EDA Rhinos of the Chinese Professional Baseball League have removed the the long-time big leaguer from their roster, reports the blog Manny Does Taiwan. He is scheduled to leave the country on June 21. Ramirez, 41, signed a contract with the Rhinos that reportedly allowed him to opt out of the deal if an opportunity outside of Taiwan came along. According to a report passed along by Yakyu Baka, the power-starved Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan have expressed some interest in Manny. It's unclear if that's where he's headed next. In 49 games with the Rhinos, Ramirez hit .352/.422/.555 with eight home runs and more walks (23) than strikeouts (21) in 206 plate appearances. He has not played in MLB since 2011, when he appeared in five games with the Rays before being suspended 100 games for a second failed drug test. The suspension was cut in half after he sat out the remainder of the season. The Athletics signed Ramirez to a minor-league contract in 2012, and he hit .302/.348/.349 with no home runs in 17 games for their Triple-A affiliate before requesting his release. He has served his suspension and could return to MLB immediately, but it's very unlikely a team will give him another shot considering all the baggage.
Manny Ramirez done in Taiwan; taken off EDA Rhinos roster
CBS Sports | Jun 19