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Former Rays DH Manny Ramirez, who has served two PED-related suspensions, has gotten another job in baseball.
The 41-year-old Sunday signed a minor-league deal with the Chicago Cubs to be a player/coach with their Triple-A affiliate in Iowa.
"We are excited to welcome Manny to the Cubs organization and look forward to him working with our young hitters," Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein said. "Manny is not only one of the best hitters of all time, he is also a dedicated student of hitting and has proven to be a gifted teacher with younger teammates who have worked with him in the batting cage. Behind the scenes he has always been a tireless worker who is very serious about the craft of hitting. Manny has made real mistakes in the past but he has owned up to them and moved his life in a positive direction the last couple of years. He is in a really great place right now and wants to share the lessons he's learned along the way. We think he deserves another chance and that our young hitters will benefit from it."
Ramirez has hit 555 home runs in his 19-year major league career, but has not played in the big leagues since 2011, when he played in six games with the Rays before receiving a 100-game suspension for his second positive PED test and decided to retire.
Ramirez served a 50-game suspension in 2012 after deciding to make a comeback and signing with Oakland, but did not get above the Triple-A level. He also signed with Texas after a stint in Taiwan in 2013, but again could only reach Triple-A.