Former MLB star Manny Ramirez is on his way to Japanese baseball after Monday's announcement that the 44-year-old slugger had reached an agreement with the Kochi Fighting Dogs of the independent four-team Shikoku Island League Plus.

Ramirez's wife released a photo of him signing a contract on her Instagram account, and the Fighting Dogs made an announcement on their website Monday morning.

"We are very happy to announce (to) all of you that we have reached an agreement with Mr. Manny Ramirez (Manuel Aristides Ramirez) who was active in (the) Boston Red Sox etc.," the team wrote above a photo of Ramirez wearing a Kochi uniform while standing with team owner Rintaro Kitakomi and vice president Jun Kitakomi.