Manny Ramirez headed to Taiwan
With no big-league teams seeking his services, Manny Ramirez is off to Taiwan, and according to CBSSports.com, will arrive Monday and sign to play with the EDA Rhinos.
Ramirez's agent, Barry Praver, confirmed the player had an agreement in place to join the China Professional Baseball League team, the report said.
Ramirez said last month if he didn't have a job in Major League Baseball by Thursday he would play for the Rhinos, who begin their regular season next Sunday.
Ramirez didn't provide financial details of his agreement, but a good foreign player usually earns about $12,000 per month in Taiwan.
To increase his chances of landing an MLB job, the 12-time All-Star played winter ball in the Dominican Republic for the first time in 18 years. He hit .298 with eight home runs, 27 RBIs and 21 runs in 181 at-bats with Aguilas Cibaenas.
Ramirez, 40, batted .312 with 555 homers and 1,831 RBIs in 19 MLB seasons before retiring from baseball in April 2011 after committing a second violation of MLB's drug policy.
Last year he signed a minor league contract with the Oakland A's and served a 50-game penalty in Triple-A, but he became a free agent after Oakland didn't call him up to the majors midseason.
Information from ESPNdeportes.com's Enrique Rojas was used in this report.