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Manny Ramirez suspension to be 50 games

By Ronald Blum
Associated Press / December 4, 2011
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DALLAS- A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Major League Baseball and the players' association are working on an agreement to cut Manny Ramirez's drug suspension from 100 games to 50 because he already sat out most of last season.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because the agreement was still being drafted.

Ramirez chose not to serve the penalty this year, and his retirement was announced by MLB on April 8 after the commissioner's office said it notified him "of an issue" under the drug program. If he signs with a big league team this offseason, he will in effect have served a 206-game suspension -- the final 156 games of 2011 plus the first 50 of 2012.

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