A's release Manny Ramirez

A's release Manny Ramirez
June 16, 2012, 2:21 am
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Manny Ramirez is once again on the market.

Ramirez asked the Athletics for - and was granted - his release. He signed a minor league deal in February and played well at Triple-A Sacramento, posting a .302 average with 14 RBI.

The mercurial outfielder returned to baseball this season after taking a year off from the game. He served a 50-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy last year.

Ramirez's agents released a statement that indicated the outfielder asked for his release when it became clear the Athletics would not be able to guarantee him a spot on the major league roster.

It appears Ramirez is still interested in playing and will look for another opportunity.