OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Oakland Athletics owner Lew Wolff said Friday that he is open to the idea of signing former Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez.

“I really don’t see any non-baseball reason for not having him,” Wolff said in a published report in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Ramirez, 39, must sit out the first 50 games of next season for violating baseball’s drug policy, but if signed to a non-roster contract, he could be a low-risk option for a longtime Oakland need: Right-handed power. Ramirez has 555 career home runs.

ESPN had reported last week that the Athletics were among three teams potentially interested in Ramirez.

“I wouldn’t want to not have a player because he made a mistake and paid the price for it, but that’s really up to (general manager) Billy (Beane),” Wolff told the Chronicle.

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