Manny Ramirez told ESPN's Pedro Gomez on Monday that he has agreed to a deal with the Oakland Athletics.
Sources tell Gomez the deal is worth about $500,000. Ramirez is obligated to serve a 50-game suspension without pay before beginning play for the A's due to violating baseball's drug policy for the second time. With no rainouts, the first game Ramirez would be eligible to play is on his 40th birthday -- May 30 at Minnesota.
This is, of course, Manny. So who knows what can and will happen between now and May 30. But it would be pretty awesome if his return came at Target Field.
Also, we couldn't help but think about the serendipity of Manny going to a team so close to wine country in California. Might this mean a boost for Manny Being Merlot?
Not sure how it's holding up against the Schilling Schardonnay or the CaberKnuckle, but his new location can't hurt.