Manny Ramirez during his playing days with the Dodgers. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles…)
Manny Ramirez found a taker in Oakland — at a bargain price.
The suspended slugger agreed to a minor league contract Monday with the Athletics that is worth about $500,000 if he's added to the big league roster.
The A's announced the deal and said Ramirez is expected to report to spring training by the end of the week, in time for Oakland's first full-squad workout Saturday. He is a non-roster invitee.
The 12-time All-Star is due to serve a 50-game suspension for his second positive drug test before he can play for the A's. Barring rainouts, his first game could be May 30 -- on his 40th birthday.
Colorado Rockies Manager Jim Tracy has received what General Manager Dan O'Dowd calls an "indefinite" contract extension.
O'Dowd made the announcement during Tracy's media session after Monday afternoon's opening spring-training workout. He said there was only a handshake — no formal paperwork or news release. Tracy's previous contract took him through this season, so he eventually must sign a new deal.
The 56-year-old manager says he would like to one day retire with the Rockies.
A day after trading A.J. Burnett, the New York Yankees used some of the salary they saved to add Raul Ibanez as their left-handed designated hitter.
Ibanez, 39, and the Yankees agreed to a $1.1-million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was pending a physical. It includes $2.9 million in performance bonuses.
Greg Oden has another big setback
There appears to be no end in sight for Greg Oden and his troublesome knees.
The Portland Trail Blazers said that a procedure to clear debris out of Oden's left knee resulted in another microfracture surgery. Oden had the surgery in Vail, Colo. It was originally expected to be an arthroscopic procedure to clean out the 7-foot center's knee, but the surgeon determined there was additional damage.
The No.1 pick in the 2007 NBA draft has now had two microfracture surgeries on his left knee, and one on his right. He has also undergone surgery for a fractured left kneecap.
The Trail Blazers say Oden will not play this season.
Oden, who has not played in an NBA game since Dec. 5, 2009, has appeared in 82 games for the Trail Blazers, averaging 9.4 points and 7.3 rebounds.
Oden will become an unrestricted free agent after this season.
The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to terms on a $19.6-million, three-year deal with cornerback Stanford Routt, which should help the team absorb the potential loss of Brandon Carr.
The deal includes a $4-million signing bonus and $6 million the first season, a person with direct knowledge of the deal told the Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because terms of the contract were not announced.
City to City was beaten as the heavy favorite in her last two starts but rallied to win by a head as a longshot amid a big field of fillies and mares at Santa Anita in the $150,000 Buena Vista Handicap.