The 41-year-old former Red Sox slugger had signed a three-month deal with the Rhinos. His contract runs until June 30, but he has told the team he will leave on Friday. The team says Ramirez is homesick.
But there is speculation that he will sign with the Chiba Lotte Marines of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball league. His salary would be much higher than the $25,000 per month he makes in Taiwan, and the level of competition would be closer to Major League-level.
The Rhinos had reportedly tried to keep Ramirez happy and convince him to stay with the team longer. Focus Taiwan reports that he was a "huge draw" for the club.retired after testing positive