Dodgers have no interest in Manny Ramirez
General Manager Ned Colletti immediately shot down the far-fetched idea of re-signing Ramirez, who electrified Dodger Stadium in 2008, only to be later exposed as a drug cheat and leave Los Angeles in disgrace.
“I think we’re probably past that at this point,” Colletti said.
Ramirez was on the verge of being hit with a second drug-related suspension last season when he decided to leave the Tampa Bay Rays and retire.
But he has evidently had a change of heart and wants to play somewhere. His attempt to play in the Dominican Winter League was blocked by Major League Baseball because he hadn’t served his suspension.
Ramirez has filed for reinstatement.
Taking into account the time he missed by retiring, MLB has reduced his suspension from 100 games to 50.
Still, any team that signs him would be without him for almost two months at the start of the season.
-- Dylan Hernandez
Photo: Manny Ramirez with the Dodgers in 2010. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times