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Aramis Ramirez is on fire

Jul 21, 2010, 11:22 AM EDT

No one had a worse April and Maya than Aramis Ramirez has, but after taking most of June off on the DL, his July has been something else.  The Cubs’ third baseman is hitting .383/.406/.950 this month, with nine homers and 24 RBI. Last night was the jewel in this month’s crown, as Ramirez went 3 for 5 with three homers and seven RBI.

One of the scarier things staring the Cubs in the face these past few months has been the fact that Ramirez has a player option for 2011 to the tune of $14.6 million.  It’s still not going to be joyful to pay that when the team probably needs to be tearing down and rebuilding, but at least an effective Ramirez will make that a bit easier.  And until this month, there was much reason to believe that the Cubs would be seeing such a thing again.

  1. Levi Stahl - Jul 21, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    I remember an at-bat in the last days of June when I realized that Ramirez was back: he just looked completely different up there, and the ball was jumping off his bat again. It’s been a pleasure to watch, as he sure looked done back in April.
    Last night’s game may have been the most fun I’ve been to this year: when Ramirez came up after his first homer, you could just feel that people were expecting another, and by the third time I felt like the crowd was battling between feelings of inevitability and disbelief. Such, such fun.

  2. Cheap Seat Chronicles - Jul 21, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    I was telling my friends about a month or so ago that the Twins should make a play for Ramirez whilst his value was bottomed out. He’s got the option for next year and the Cubbies appear set for a quasi-rebuild. It may have only taken Wilson Ramos to get the deal done.

    He’d sure look good slugging balls in the four hole for the Twinkies right now.

    *SIGH*

  3. Michael - Jul 21, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    The Twins never would have done that even if Rami had been slugging from the start, because (assuming Ramirez exercises his option for next year) his $16 million option for 2012 becomes guaranteed upon a trade.

  4. Cheap Seat Chronicles - Jul 21, 2010 at 4:29 PM

    Yeah, but they’ve got the room this year for his salary since most of Nathan’s salary was covered by insurance.

    I assume they would have absorbed the salary for next year because they’re reportedly making more money than they’d anticipated in the new stadium. It’s a constant revenue stream and Ramirez could help push ‘em to a World Series title.

    It’s definitely a “pie in the sky” kinda deal, but for a while there, it had a legit chance. Especially since the Cubs are looking to unload anything not nailed down.

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