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Cubs not interested in Manny Ramirez

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.