There were rumors flying around earlier this week that Manny Ramirez was leaving the EDA Rhinos in Taiwan and coming to Japan, joining the Chiba Lotte Marines (who a few weeks ago were rumored to be trading for another Ramirez - Alex of the Baystars). Alas it appears that this not going to happen - Ramirez has left the Rhinos but he's returning to the States as he misses his family and he'd like another opportunity to play in the majors. (H/T Yakyu Baka.)
If Manny had come to Japan, I was trying to figure out what card set he might appear in. I think it would probably be too late for him to be in BBM's 2nd Version (early August release) but he could probably have made it into Calbee's Series Three set (usually out in mid September). If the Marines made it to the Nippon Series, he'd be in that set also. I kind of wondered if BBM would find an excuse to do a late season box set for the Marines as well. If the Marines do pull off the rumored trade for Alex Ramirez, I'd expect the same card possibilities.
I did get an email from the guy I bought the 2012 Taiwan set from saying that the 2013 CPBL set including Ramirez would be out "in months". I just don't know how many.