Manny Ramirez agrees to deal with Oakland A's 

click to enlarge Designated hitter Manny Ramirez #24 of the Tampa Bay Rays bats against the Baltimore Orioles during the game at Tropicana Field on April 3, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida. - J. MERIC/GETTY IMAGES
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  • Designated hitter Manny Ramirez #24 of the Tampa Bay Rays bats against the Baltimore Orioles during the game at Tropicana Field on April 3, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Manny Ramirez will get another shot.

Ramirez agreed to a deal with the Oakland Athletics on Monday, according to ESPN's Pedro Gomez. The deal is reportedly worth around $500,000.

Ramirez, who turns 40 on May 30, must serve a 50-game suspension without pay before playing for the A's because he has violated baseball's drug policy twice. His suspension was reduced after he sat out most of last season.

If there are no rainouts, the earliest Ramirez would be eligible to play would be June 2 at Kansas City.

Ramirez applied for reinstatement during the Winter Meetings. Last season, Ramirez's retirement was announced April 8 after he was notified "of an issue" under the drug program.

It will be Ramirez's 20th season. He enters the season 14th on the career home run list with 555. He signed a one-year deal with Tampa Bay last season, and went 1 for 17 for the Rays prior to leaving baseball.

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