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.
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.”
$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.
defense win championships.
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.
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.
growing pains. But can they hurt anymore than this 69-87 season?
Thursday from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. when we talk Chicago sports.