The Chicago Cubs have signed Manny Ramirez to be a player/coach at Triple-A Iowa, the team announced Sunday. Ramirez is 41.
"While Manny is not and will not be a fit on the Cubs major league roster, at this stage of his life he’s a nice fit as a mentor," Cubs president Theo Epstein said.
Ramirez played 19 seasons in MLB, eight of them with the Red Sox. He is a lifetime .312 hitter with 555 home runs in 2,302 games.
Manny asks for trade after he is asked by Manny to hit 7th.— Michael Silverman (@MikeSilvermanBB) May 25, 2014
Ramirez, of course, is known for his eccentricities.
He will report to the Cubs' spring training facility in Mesa, Ariz., for at-bats in extended spring training before joining Iowa.