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.