- Adam Rubin, ESPNNewYork.com
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The Mets have not shown much of an appetite in recent years to entertain bringing Manny Ramirez to Queens. That apparently remains the case.
Asked if Ramirez might find his way to the Mets now that he has requested and been granted his release from the Oakland A's organization, a Mets official said: "Very thin chance."
The official simultaneous made a circle with his fingers, in the shape of a zero.
According to an ESPN.com news account:
Ramirez signed a minor league deal with Oakland on Feb. 20, and hit .302 with 14 RBIs in 17 games with Triple-A Sacramento. He served a 50-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy last year, but remained in the minors when the ban ended on his 40th birthday on May 30. The dreadlocked slugger was expected to make approximately $500,000 if he was added to Oakland's big league roster.
"Manny believes he has demonstrated that he is ready to return to the major leagues," Ramirez's agents, Barry Praver and Scott Shapiro, said in a statement. "However, given that the Oakland Athletics could not give Manny any assurance that they plan to promote him in the immediate future he asked for his release. Manny thanks the A's for providing him with this opportunity."