From the official Twitter account of the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats comes this shot of Manny Ramirez wearing a leprechaun hat while signing autographs Saturday in A’s camp:
Manny has a home run and a double but no other hits in 17 plate appearances this spring. The 39-year-old designated hitter is suspended for the first 50 games of the 2012 regular season.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Diamondbacks have signed outfielder Jarrod Dyson to a two-year contract. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the deal is worth $7.5 million.
Dyson, 33, spent last season with the Mariners. He hit an underwhelming .251/.324/.350, but stole 28 bases while playing superb defense in center field.
Dyson doesn’t quite make up for the Diamondbacks losing J.D. Martinez, who just signed with the Red Sox, but he will bring some speed and defense to the outfield along with A.J. Pollock. It’s not quite clear how the D-Backs plan to utilize Dyson. That should be made clear after the deal is announced.