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Aramis Ramirez “ready to move on” from Cubs

Sep 21, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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Aramis Ramirez has been making quite a few headlines as he nears free agency.

Last week he told reporters he’ll be seeking a two- or three-year deal on the open market, earlier this week reports pegged the Marlins as one of his likely suitors, and last night the 34-year-old third baseman told Patrick Mooney of that he doesn’t expect to re-sign with the Cubs.

Right now, I don’t know what’s going to happen. But it looks like I’m going to hit the market. I don’t know what they want to do. We don’t have a GM, so I don’t know who you talk to. I think we’re ready to move on.

Ramirez left yesterday’s game with a quadriceps injury, so he may have played his final game at Wrigley Field as a member of the Cubs.

As a 34-year-old who probably should be playing first base Ramirez is unlikely to get another contract like his current five-year, $75 million deal, but he’ll be one of the best hitters on the market and has posted an OPS above .850 for the seventh time in the past eight years.

  1. APBA Guy - Sep 21, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    You would think that a 3 year deal for someone his age who’s shown some injury issues the last few years would be a remote possibility. But in this offense-starved climate, somebody will do the deal and end up regretting at least 1 year of the contract. The Marlins have a lot of holes. And they aren’t anywhere near contending. So maybe he’s more interested in shopping for retirement property than he is in winning something.

    • Old Gator - Sep 21, 2011 at 3:21 PM

      The Feesh are a hole with a few filaments of dark matter strung across it. As you know, I’ve been skeptical of the hype about them that seems to fill the ear-waves every spring, but I think this year conclusively exposed the pretender to the throne as being the naked one while the emperor gallivants around his his Guccis. True, if the Hanster comes back – and with that contract plus that shoulder you can bet he will be back – and if Josh Johnson seems more or less OK for the time being in March, the hype will start up again. But unless they take some major steps to address their woeful situational hitting, it won’t matter. They’ll be an at best second division team again, sterile new stadium or not.

  2. shorttracknews - Sep 21, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    It’s a given with him that he isn’t focused on winning. He had a chance to be traded to a contender at the trade deadline and he wouldn’t remove his no trade clause. He mentioned not wanting to move his family for 3 months but give me a break. Half of those games are on the road whether you play for the Cubs or another team. Keep the family in Chicago while you chase down your dream of playing in a World Series and then figure out AFTER the season where you move to.

    • bravesman1983 - Sep 21, 2011 at 2:09 PM

      It’s always good for a chuckle when some keyboard jockey sits around telling us all exactly what is going through a player’s mind and what should or shouldn’t be important to that player.

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