Manny Ramirez set to return from the disabled list tonight

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Out since late last month with a strained hamstring, Manny Ramirez is expected to return from the disabled list tonight against the Cardinals despite going 0-for-9 with five strikeouts during a brief rehab assignment at Single-A.
In his article about Ramirez’s impending return MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick writes that “he’s become more of a singles hitter than the slugger he once was.” Technically true, since like just about every player in baseball history Ramirez isn’t as good at 38 years old as he was at, say, 28 years old, but he hit .322/.412/.525 in 59 games before the injury to lead all NL outfielders in OPS. That’s one hell of a singles hitter.

Report: Twins sign Martín Pérez to one-year deal

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Twins have picked up free agent left-hander Martín Pérez on a one-year deal. Financial terms of the deal have yet to be announced, but it looks like a club option is included for the 2020 season. The Twins have not officially confirmed the signing.

Pérez, 27, missed 85 days of the Rangers’ 2018 campaign after undergoing elbow surgery on his non-throwing arm. He sustained the injury partway through the 2017 offseason; as the story goes, he was charged by a bull at his ranch in Venezuela and fell on his right arm as he was trying to get out of the animal’s path. (He later killed and ate said bull.) When he finally returned to the mound, he cobbled together a 2-7 record in 15 starts with a 6.22 ERA, 3.8 BB/9, 5.5 SO/9, and career-low -0.2 fWAR through 85 1/3 innings out of the rotation and bullpen.

As they approach the start of the 2019 season, the Twins will be looking for something a little more, well, bullish from Pérez. Prior to his injury, he turned in two solid seasons with the Rangers in 2016 and 2017, nearing the 200-inning threshold in both campaigns and providing a combined value of 4.2 fWAR at a time when Texas’ starters collectively ranked sixth-worst in the league.