Manny Ramirez, after he learned he will not be able to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic because he's on Major League Baseball's inactive list, told ESPNdeportes.com Thursday that he will formally request reinstatement.
Ramirez said that upon reentry, he would serve his 100-game suspension for a second violation of MLB's drug policy.
"I would comply with my pending sanction and I would be available for any major league team," Ramirez said via telephone from Miami. "I already informed [agent] Scott Boras of my decision to return and begin the process.
"If any team wants to sign me, I would play. If no one does, I would look to play in Japan or any other place. I was not prepared for retirement."
Ramirez cannot serve his suspension until he signs with a major league club.
Ramirez is facing criminal prosecution in Florida on charges that he slapped his wife during a recent argument. He told investigators only that he grabbed his wife by the shoulders during an argument and "shrugged" her, causing her to hit her head on the headboard of their bed.