Former All-Star outfielder Manny Ramirez is trying to get back to the major leagues and a scout told CBSSports.com that he looked impressive during a recent baseball workout near his home in Pembroke Pines, Fla. Ramirez has had contact with teams about a possible minor league deal, but no formal offers have been made. Ramirez was suspended for performance-enhancing drug-related violations in 2009 with the Los Angeles Dodgers and 2011 with the Tampa Bay Rays. He is just one strike away from a lifetime ban. "When you make a mistake in life, no matter what you do, you're going to pay the price," Ramirez Foxsports.com in March. Ramirez last played in the minors with the Oakland A's and Texas Rangers organizations in 2012 and '13. He batted .259 with three home runs and 13 RBIs in 30 games with the Rangers' Triple-A Round Rock club. He also batted .352 with eight home runs in 49 games in Taiwan. The 42-year-old has been scouted or contacted by a few teams, mostly in the American League. One possible deal with Baltimore Orioles recently fell through. He is open to a minor league deal or even playing in Japan. In 19 major-league seasons, Ramirez batted .312 with 2,574 hits, 555 home runs and 1,831 RBIs.
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