PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — Manny Ramirez is ahead of schedule in his bid to re-establish himself as one of the most fearsome sluggers in baseball.

The 12-time All-Star worked out with the Tampa Bay Rays for the  first time Thursday, arriving at spring training with what he said was a “chip on my shoulder” and motivated to prove he’s still a productive player.

Ramirez agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract, joining Johnny Damon as the biggest offseason acquisitions by the AL East champions.

Slowed by injuries, the 38-year-old hit .298 with nine homers and 42 RBIs in 90 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox last season.

He’ll be primarily a designated hitter with Tampa Bay, but there’s a chance he’ll occasionally play left field, too.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. TT says:

    Good for you !! go get em Manny !! 🙂 Wish you were still a Dodger 🙂

  2. JMiller says:

    No, we are happy Manny is no longer stealing from the Dodgers. He pouts often and he never heard that there is no crying in baseball. Boy did he and happier days are here with him gone. Now may the McCords go away also….

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