Cubs not interested in Manny Ramirez

Updated: January 12, 2012, 2:44 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

Manny Ramirez wants another chance in the major leagues. But he can cross his former general manager's new team off his list.

"I don't think [Ramirez is] a good fit for us," Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Thursday on "The Dennis & Callahan Morning Show" on WEEI in Boston.

Ramirez played six-plus seasons for the Boston Red Sox when Epstein was GM there. Epstein dealt Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers as part of a three-team deal that brought Jason Bay back to Boston in 2008.

Playing for the Tampa Bay Rays last season, Ramirez abruptly retired from baseball in April after a second violation of baseball's performance-enhancing drug policy, choosing to walk away from the game rather than serve a 100-game suspension.

Now, Ramirez wants to land a tryout with a major league team for spring training, hoping that his reinstatement filing and a shortened ban -- down to 50 games -- will show teams that he's changed.

So does Epstein believe Ramirez will get a second chance?

"It only takes one," Epstein said.

A .312 career hitter, Ramirez hit 555 home runs in 19 seasons for the Cleveland Indians, Red Sox, Dodgers, Chicago White Sox and Rays.

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