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Report: Athletics Likely To Sign Manny Ramirez Before Spring Training

The Oakland Athletics are likely to sign former Boston Red Sox star Manny Ramirez before the beginning of Spring Training, according to Susan Slusser of San Francisco Chronicle.

"I like him," Coco Crisp, the Oakland A’s centerfielder told the Chronicle. "He's a great teammate, he's cool, he works hard, he's just eccentric. He's different. All of the great players are quirky in one way or another. Manny is an awesome person, nothing but pleasant and fun, but the negative stuff always captures people's attention more than the positive things. I think the positive outweighs the negative.”

According to Slusser, Ramirez will likely be signed just before or soon after the start of spring training and play as a designated hitter.

After serving his 50-game suspension for violating baseball's drug policy, Ramirez would be free to play for the Athletics.   Despite the baggage he may bring to the team, the 12-time All-Star is considered one of the greater sluggers to put on a uniform in the past 25 years.

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