Last anyone heard from Manny Ramirez, he was abruptly announcing his retirement on April 8 after testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug. But now he might be on the comeback trail -- according to a report today, the Oakland Athletics have expressed serious interest in welcoming the slugger back to baseball.
The 39-year-old Ramirez has been working out in Miami since December and plans to have open workouts for interested major league clubs -- and according to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes Los Angeles, the A's are "very interested" in making Ramirez their designated hitter in 2012.
"The Orioles and Blue Jays saw Manny work, and Baltimore liked what it saw, but Oakland has been the team that has expressed the most interest, even before having him work out," a source told Rojas.
If Ramirez catches on in the big leagues this season, he will have to serve a 50-game suspension before taking the field, as per his agreement with Major League Baseball. Ramirez played 19 seasons in the major leagues, primarily with the Indians, Red Sox and Dodgers but also including brief stints with the White Sox and Rays. He retired with a .312 career batting average, 555 home runs and 1,831 RBIs.