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Manny wants to return; suspension is reduced

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  December 4, 2011 10:42 PM

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DALLAS A few notes from the Winter Meetings:

Manny Ramirez is trying to make a comeback and had his new agents (Barry Praver and Scott Shapiro) cut a deal with the MLB and the MLBPA to cut his suspension from 100 games to 50 based on his "retiring" last season.

Ramirez, who turns 40 in May, played only five games last season before running afoul of the drug program. He hit .298/.409/.460 in 2010.

It will be interesting to see whether any team will take a shot on Ramirez given all his issues and the distraction he would cause. It's fair to say the Red Sox won't be interested.

Might Dan Duquette make Manny another deal?

Jose Reyes (six years, $111 million) has agreed to terms with the Marlins. Hanley Ramirez is probably headed to third base. The Marlins are the team of the winter so far, signing Reyes and Heath Bell.

Miami also is chasing Mark Buehrle. Apparently they struck gold when building that new stadium.

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