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Three Japanese teams interested in Manny Ramirez

by on Oct.29, 2012 @ 2:29 pm, under NPB

According to a report by the New York Post's George A. King (via Nikkan Sports), three Japanese teams are interested in forty-year-old Manny Ramirez.  A snip from the report:

Manny Ramirez is headed for the Dominican Republic to restart a baseball career that could continue in Japan, The Post has learned.

According to a person with knowledge of the situation, three Japanese teams want to see the 40-year-old Ramirez play in games for Las Aguilas in order to gauge if he is worth signing.

The mercurial former Red Sox star is slated to leave Florida tomorrow and travel to his native Dominican, where the winter league is under way.


UPDATE @ 10:20pm -

The Bay Stars do not appear to be one of the three teams interested.

Said GM Shigeru Takada, "We do not need two Ramirez's.  He is forty?  He would probably cost a lot too."

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/29/2012

UPDATE 10/30 @ 4:55pm -

The Softbank Hawks are reportedly one of the three teams interested in Ramirez, but in a more general sense.

Softbank official: "We are looking into [Ramirez] as we are looking into a wide number of possibilities.  But we realistically can not sign him.  He also has that image [of using banned substances]."

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/30/2012