Coming soon, to a ballpark very near you, could be Manny Ramirez.
Texas signed the veteran slugger to a minor league contract on Wednesday, announcing that he would report to Class AAA Round Rock on Thursday and then work out for a few days before being activated.
That would potentially put him on track to play his first game against Omaha — the Storm Chasers are in Round Rock for a series that starts Thursday and runs through Sunday.
And then Round Rock comes to Werner Park for a four-game Pacific Coast League series with the Omaha Storm Chasers from July 11 through July 14, by which time Ramirez should be in the lineup.
Ramirez, a 12-time All-Star, has 555 homers among his 2,574 hits in 19 big-league seasons, primarily with Cleveland, Boston and the Los Angeles Dodgers, along with short stints with the Chicago White Sox and Tampa Bay.
He's 14th on baseball's all-time home run list, ranks third all-time with 21 grand slams and is the all-time leader with 29 postseason homers. He led the American League in hitting (2002), homers (2004) and RBIs (1999).
The 41-year-old hasn't played in the majors since 2011, when he played in five games with Tampa Bay before retiring.
He was suspended for 50 games in 2009 for violating baseball's drug policy, then retired before having to serve a 100-game suspension for another violation of the drug policy.
Ramirez spent the first half of this season in Taiwan, where he played for the EDA Rhinos and batted .352 with eight home runs and 43 RBIs. He returned home in mid-June so he could be closer to his family.
Ramirez played two games with Albuquerque of the PCL in 2009 while on a rehabilitation assignment from his first drug suspension. He also played 17 games with Oakland's Class AAA affiliate in Sacramento last year while serving out his second suspension, which had been reduced to 50 games. He hit .302, but asked for and was given his release in June.
Round Rock also finishes the regular-season in Omaha, from Aug. 30 through Sept. 2.