Hanley: Thank You, Aramis…

you, Aramis Ramirez.
for taking temptation away from the Cubs.
Kinzer, Ramirez’s agent, told the Cubs Wednesday they don’t have to waste time
thinking about spending $16 million to bring the third baseman back next
the Cubs exercise the mutual option, Ramirez will decline it, according to
not going to happen,” he agent said. “He’s 33 and not looking for a one-year
believes he can get a three or four year deal.
most Cubs fans feel it better not be here.
that Ramirez like is a bad guy the likes of Milton Bradley or a clubhouse
distraction ala Carlos Zambrano.
from it.
has, however, too often been MIA in April and May. See two homers in that span
this lost season–only to heat up when the team is well in the rearview mirror
of division contenders.
the World Series just doesn’t seem to be atop Ramirez’s bucket list.
door is still open, but at this point we’ll explore free agency,” Kinzer said.
“If they want to make an offer, they’ll be on his short list.”
Better to spend that
$14 million, after paying Ramirez his $2 million buyout, on starting pitching
since only one National League team had a worse ERA than the Cubs, a squad last
in the NL in defense.

What’s the saying? Pitching and
defense win championships.


Cubs nation has to realize the
next season, or three, will be rebuilding ones. So Ramirez’s usual .300 average
and 90-100 RBI, nice-looking numbers no doubt, won’t be the difference between
making the playoffs or not.

Yes it won’t be easy replacing
Ramirez via what is a barren free-agent market for third basemen. But don’t be
surprised if the Cubs don’t have Josh Vitters or DJ Lemahieu at third next
season, ready or not.

Likely not.

Sure, there are going to be
growing pains. But can they hurt anymore than this 69-87 season?

Hope you will join Mully and me
Thursday from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. when we talk Chicago sports.

As always, thanks for

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  • Karnak

    With new paper, this guy will become the next Carlos Lee.

  • tom Sharp

    In and of itself, I agree that this guy probably should go. He is not now, nor has he ever been a ‘money player.” When a big game or series was on the line, he disappeared with the rest of the pretenders on the team. Unfortunately, the rumors are strong that the Cubs are going after fielder. They are much better off keeping Pena for less money and using the Ramirez ‘savings’ to address other more pressing needs than first base.

  • An English Teacher

    Why is this article written like a haiku?

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