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Agent says Aramis Ramirez won’t waive no-trade clause to leave Cubs

Jun 7, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

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Aramis Ramirez‘s agent, Paul Kinzer, told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune that the third baseman likely would not waive his no-trade clause to facilitate leaving the Cubs.

Of course, it might be a moot point anyway, as Ramirez is making $14.6 million this season with a $16 million option or $2 million buyout for 2012.

Toss in his measly two homers and .394 slugging percentage in 52 games and it’s hard to imagine any contenders being interested unless the Cubs basically eat the entire contract.

Kinzer noted that Ramirez “took less years and less money to stay in Chicago, so that is definitely his first option.” However, that’s a bit of a moot point as well, since there’s zero chance of the Cubs picking up his $16 million option for next season anyway. Ramirez is all but certain to leave Chicago after the season, so the question is whether he’s willing to leave a couple months earlier.

Apparently not, although Kinzer did say that the Cubs haven’t broached the topic yet.

  1. SmackSaw - Jun 7, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    The Cubs. Shooting themselves in the foot since 1908. Wilpon thinks the Mets are snakebit? Futility, thy name is Cub.

    • 78mu - Jun 7, 2011 at 7:15 PM

      Time for the Cubs to try something different, like Opposite George on Seinfeld. They should give three year extensions to Ramirez, Soriano and Pena.

      Hey it worked for George and he was employed by the Yankees.

  2. thomas2727 - Jun 7, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Thanks goodness the Cubs will start shedding some of the bloated contracts Hendry was handing out.

    I know The Tribune Company approved them.But they need to get these sleepwalkers out of town.

    Getting Ramirez and Fukudome off the books will be a good start.
    And I will throw a party when Little Z is gone after 2012.

    And then there is good old I swing at sliders a foot off the plate Soriano still under contract through 2014. Over 3.5 more seasons of the rookie mistake no discipline salary anchor.

    • royalsfaninfargo - Jun 7, 2011 at 5:05 PM

      I would suggest that along with getting rid of those contract they should get rid of Hendry to.

    • 78mu - Jun 7, 2011 at 7:16 PM

      No! No! No!

      Gotta make a change after 103 years. Time for Opposite Cubs. Extensions for all!

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