Report: Manny Ramirez Hinting at Return to Dominican League

Just as everyone was beginning to forget all about Manny Ramirez, the enigmatic outfielder has found his way back into the news.

It appears as though Ramirez will be coming out of retirement, reports ESPNdeportes.com.

His landing destination will likely be the Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican Republic, a team Ramirez played for in the beginning of his pro career.

"Now I'm getting ready to defend the 21st crown of the Aguilas," Ramirez said.

However, like most things with Manny, nothing is final. Ramirez has remained cryptic by simply hinting in a series of text messages to ESPNdeportes that he may have interest in returning.  

"Tell the fans to not despair because winter ball is coming soon," Ramirez wrote in a message just days after his retirement from baseball.

Ramirez left the Tampa Bay Rays and Major League Baseball after reports surfaced that the 38-year-old outfielder had again tested positive for a banned substance. 

The Dominican league does test for steroids, however, Dominican labor laws prevent a team from suspending a player.

Aguilas Cibaenas' office of baseball operations issued this statement to ESPN:

"We have not had any direct contact with Manny, but for us it would be great if he comes back so that the Dominican fans can see him before his definite retirement from baseball."

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