Report: A's to sign Manny Ramirez

Report: A's to sign Manny Ramirez
February 15, 2012, 6:24 pm
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Moneyball, meet Mannywood.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that baseball's newest odd couple -- Billy Beane and Manny Ramirez -- will tie the knot just before, or soon after, the start of spring training. That's when the A's are expected to sign the ex-Red Sox designated hitter, looking to get back into baseball after a brief, unsuccessful stint with the Rays that ended with his being suspended for the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

He still has that suspension -- 50 games -- hanging over his head, but Oakland apparently is willing to wait. After all, as old friend Craig Calcaterra pointed out: "Wacko serial PED offenders are the new inefficiency, you know."

And Billy Beane's all about finding market inefficiencies.