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.