Let the bidding war begin. OK, not really.
According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, Manny Ramirez has been officially reinstated by MLB from the voluntary retirement list.
We learned last weekend that Ramirez was planning a comeback. While he was initially expected to serve a 100-game suspension for a second positive test related to performance-enhancing drugs, MLB has ruled that since he sat out nearly the entire 2011 season, he’ll instead serve a 50-game penalty. However, the clock on his suspension won’t begin until he actually signs with a team.
There predictably hasn’t been much interest in Ramirez thus far, which could be why he has reportedly resorted to calling teams directly. The 39-year-old is currently working out in South Florida hoping to get a spring training invite somewhere.
Ramirez currently ranks 14th on the all-time list with 555 career home runs.