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Report: Ramirez no longer with team in Taiwan

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Former major leaguer Manny Ramirez is off the roster of the EDA Rhinos in Taiwan and will leave the country on Friday, according to a Manny Does Taiwan blog report.

The 41-year-old Ramirez played 49 games for the Rhinos in the Chinese Professional Baseball League and hit .352 with eight home runs in 206 plate appearances.

Ramirez's contract reportedly has an opt-out clause that allows him to pursue other opportunities, and there were indications that the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan were interested in him. But his destination remains uncertain.

Ramirez last played in the major leagues in 2011 for Tampa Bay. After five games with the Rays, he was suspended for 100 games by Major League Baseball for a second failed drug test that was cut in half when he sat out the remainder of the season.

In 2012, Ramirez played in 17 games for the Oakland A's Triple-A team and batted .302 with no home runs before he was granted his release.

In 19 major-league seasons, Ramirez had a career .312 batting average with 555 home runs and 1,831 RBI.
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