The potential return of 2011 retiree Manny Ramirez has been an ongoing story this offseason, but we can now cross one team off the list of potential Manny suitors: The Baltimore Orioles are no longer interested, according to Roch Kubatko of MASN.
“I don’t think there’s going to be a fit for Manny,” Orioles exec Dan Duquette told Kubatko. “We’ve looked at that all winter, and I’m not sure there’s a fit there for the Orioles. I wish Manny a lot of luck, but I just don’t think he fits in our ballclub right now.”
Ramirez retired on April 8, 2011 after it was revealed that he’d tested position for a performance-enhancing drug, but he’s been holding private workouts this winter with his eye on a return to the major leagues. The Orioles and Oakland Athletics were rumored to be among the top suitors for his services.
If Ramirez does return this season, he will first have to serve a 50-game suspension for his positive test, as per his agreement with Major League Baseball.
Ramirez played 19 major league seasons for the Indians, Red Sox, Dodgers, White Sox and Rays. He retired with a .312 career batting average, 555 home runs and 1,831 RBIs.