The Orioles maintain some interest in slugger
In other words, if it happens at all, it wouldn't happen soon.
Ramirez, 39, is hoping to come out of retirement, though he’d have to serve a 50-game suspension for failing a drug test before he could play again in the majors. An
"Manny is looking for a second chance," said Orioles' executive vice president Dan Duquette I think it is a good story, but that's about all I can say about it right now."
While the general manager of the
"Manny has always had an interesting way of looking at the world," Duquette said.
The belief is that Ramirez likely would sign a minor-league deal and be able to serve the 50-game suspension as a minor leaguer before a team would consider bringing him to the big leagues.
Some other notes:
** Duquette said the Orioles are not necessarily done adding players, including a bat, to the major-league roster. An addition could come through trade or free agency.
"We're still talking to teams and there are a couple players we are interested in, but at this time of year people generally want to see what their (rosters) look like," Duquette said. "There are a couple unsigned players that might fit for us."
** The Orioles are heading toward an arbitration hearing with pitcher