Manny Ramirez asked for and was granted his release by the Oakland Athletics tonight.
The 40-year-old Ramirez signed a minor league deal with Oakland on Feb. 20 and hit .302 with 14 RBIs in 17 games with Triple-A Sacramento. But he had only three extra-base hits (all doubles) and struck out 17 times in 63 at-bats.
"Manny believes he has demonstrated that he is ready to return to the major leagues," Ramirez's agents, Barry Praver and Scott Shapiro, said in a statement. "However, given that the Oakland Athletics could not give Manny any assurance that they plan to promote him in the immediate future he asked for his release. Manny thanks the A's for providing him with this opportunity."
Ramirez is now a free agent and has served his suspension for failing a MLB drug test.
No, the Red Sox aren't signing him.