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Aramis Ramirez still not ready to waive no-trade

Jul 18, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

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But that could change next month, agent Paul Kinzer told FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal on Monday.

According to Kinzer, while Ramirez is currently unwilling to accept any deal that would take him out of Chicago, he might agree to something after his wife and children return to the Dominican Republic next month.

Even more interesting is that Kinzer said Ramirez would want to waive his 2012 option as part of any deal.  Ramirez has a $16 million club option for 2012 that the Cubs aren’t expected to exercise, but that option would automatically become guaranteed as part of any trade.

Kinzer said Ramirez would rather become a free agent at season’s end than accept a $16 million salary for 2012, and if that’s the case, he’d become quite a bit more attractive to suitors.  Most teams would be scared off by that kind of payout.

Contenders needing help at third base include the Angels, Tigers, Brewers, Pirates, White Sox and Diamondbacks.  The Yankees could also qualify, having Alex Rodriguez might be about ready to return from knee surgery by the time Ramirez is willing to accept a trade.

Ramirez would have to be placed on waivers in order to be dealt in August.

  1. rickditka - Jul 18, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    the last thing aramis wants is to be expected to play hard and play well.

  2. ja4ed - Jul 18, 2011 at 8:35 PM

    Actually, Bruce Levine is reporting that the option does not automatically kick in if Ramirez is traded. It is Bruce Levine, though, so take that with a grain of salt.

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