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Ramirez officially signs with Taiwanese team

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Former MLB slugger Manny Ramirez officially began his stint in Taiwan's four-team professional baseball league Tuesday when he signed with the EDA Rhinos.

He told reporters at news conference that he is "starting a new beginning" after agreeing to a deal that will pay him $25,000 a month during the March to November season.

"I don't think about the money and contract," the 40-year-old said. "I just think it is a great opportunity for me and the fans."

Ramirez made 12 All-Star team during his 19-year big-league career, and was the Most Valuable Player of the 2004 World Series. His final major-league appearance came with the Tampa Bay Rays in April 2011, when he tested positive for elevated testosterone. Rather than face a 100-game suspension for a second positive drug test, Ramirez retired.

He returned in 2012 on a minor-league deal with the Oakland A's, but asked for his release in June.
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