Manny Ramirez will make $25,000 per month in Taiwan

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Manny Ramirez’s contract with the EDA Rhinos of the Chinese Professional Baseball League will pay him $25,000 per month from March to November.

By comparison, the minimum salary in MLB pays approximately $85,000 per month and during his prime Ramirez was paid more than $3 million per month by the Red Sox and Dodgers.

But after sitting out nearly all of last season the 40-year-old doesn’t seem very bothered by the cut in salary: “I don’t think about the money and contract. I just think it is a great opportunity for me and the fans.”

And then there’s this note, from the Associated Press:

Taiwan’s professional baseball league consists of only four teams, having been whittled down from a high of nine in 2008, amid a series of bribery and game-fixing scandals.

And yet that league represents Ramirez’s best opportunity to continue being paid to play baseball.

Report: Nationals sign Joaquin Benoit to a one-year deal

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ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Nationals have signed reliever Joaquin Benoit to a contract. Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post adds that it’s a one-year major league deal worth $1 million.

Benoit, 40, spent last season with the Phillies and Pirates. He put up a mediocre 4.65 ERA with a 46/22 K/BB ratio across 50 1/3 innings. Only 8/13 innings came with the Pirates as he dealt with a left knee injury that kept him out of action for much of the final month and a half. He also left the team in mid-September to attend to a family matter in the Dominican Republic.

Given his age and declining performance, as well as the Nationals’ bullpen depth, Benoit doesn’t figure to pitch in many high-leverage spots, but that could change with injuries.