The A’s have released Manny Ramirez, according to a release issued by the team.
The team said Ramirez requested his release and it was granted. Ramirez was hitting .302 with no home runs in 17 games at Triple-A Sacramento after returning from a 50-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s drug policy last year.
A release issued by Praver Shapiro Sports Management on behalf of Ramirez said: “Manny believes he has demonstrated that he is ready to return to the Major Leagues. However, given that the Oakland Athletics could not give Manny any assurance that they plan to promote him in the immediate future he asked for his release. Manny thanks the A’s for providing him with this opportunity.”