Manny Ramirez is apparently cutting his long dreadlocks for another shot at the major leagues.
The Texas Rangers said Wednesday they had agreed to terms on a minor league contract with the 41-year-old slugger, who hasn’t played in the big leagues since 2011 with Tampa Bay.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said part of the deal was Ramirez, twice suspended for testing positive for banned drugs, agreeing to cut his hair and “comply with our minor league rules on appearance and discipline.”
Ramirez was set to report to Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday, and he will be a designated hitter whenever he is activated. He played for three months in Taiwan before leaving the Rhinos on June 20.
“It’s kind of a no-risk flier,” said Daniels, indicating there was no time frame for him to be called up to the majors. “We like giving guys second chances. We know on and off the field the good and bad in Manny’s career. But we’re inclined to give him an opportunity here.”
Ramirez hit .352 with eight homers and 43 RBI for the Rhinos. The team tried to keep the 12-time All-Star, but he wanted to return to his family in New York.
Ramirez was suspended for 50 games in 2009 while with the Dodgers after testing positive for a banned drug. He retired in April 2011 instead of serving a 100-game ban for a second positive test, but later agreed to a reduced 50-game suspension and played in the minors for Oakland in 2012.
A lifetime .312 hitter, Ramirez is 14th on the career home runs list with 555.
The Rangers didn’t see Ramirez play in Taiwan, nor were they among the teams that worked him out in Florida recently, Daniels said.
“If he’s productive and we feel he fits our culture here in the clubhouse, we’ll give him an opportunity,” Daniels said. “If either of those ends don’t pan out, then kind of no harm, no foul.
“We’re really just kind of going off the résumé here a little bit.”
BLOOMQUIST ON DL AGAIN
The Diamondbacks put backup infielder Willie Bloomquist on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised left hand. Bloomquist, who starred at South Kitsap High, was hit by a pitch in Washington last week, but X-rays did not show a break.
He started the season on the DL and was activated May 31.
Royals outfielder Alex Gordon left Wednesday night’s game against Cleveland in the sixth inning with a possible concussion after making an awkward attempt to catch a fly ball. Gordon landed in a heap on the warning track and didn’t move while Jason Kipnis rounded the bases for an inside-the-park, three-run homer. … The Yankees put infielder Jayson Nix on the 15-day disabled list after an MRI revealed a Grade 2 strain in his right hamstring. … Paul Konerko (strained lower back) and reliever Jesse Crain (strained right shoulder) were sent to the 15-day DL by the White Sox.