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Manny Ramirez Says He'll Join the A's: ESPN

Outfielder will serve 50-game suspension before playing.

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    Outfielder and designated hitter Manny Ramirez will reportedly play for the Oakland Athletics in 2012.

    Manny Ramirez has told ESPN that he's agreed to a deal with the Oakland Athletics.

    Ramirez will have to serve a 50-game suspension for violating MLB's drug policy for a second time. So he'll turn 40 (May 30) before he can take the field for the first time with the A's (June 2).

    A big bat could come in handy for the Athletics, who have traded three of their pitchers this off-season, two of them starters.

    It'll be Ramirez's 20th major league season, having gone 1-for-17 last year in five games with the Tampa Bay Rays.

    The mercurial Ramirez tested positive for a substance that is associated with cycling down from an anabolic steroid program.