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.

Indians sign Melky Cabrera to a minor league deal

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The Indians have signed free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera to a minor league deal. The pact is pending a physical.

Cabrera, 33, went unsigned this past offseason after putting up a season of .285/.324/.423 with 17 homers and 85 RBI with the White Sox and the Royals.

Cabrera will report to Columbus once he passes his physical and, according to Paul Hoynes, there are no guarantees being made to him that he’ll get playing time. That said, the Indians aren’t getting much outfield production from anyone besides Michael Brantley, and Cabrera’s status as a switch hitter would give Terry Francona some flexibility, so it would not be shocking to see him on the big club after some reps in the minors.