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Aramis Ramirez declines mutual option, becomes free agent

Oct 31, 2011, 12:05 AM EDT

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Desiring another multiyear contract at age 33, Aramis Ramirez declined his half of a mutual option to remain with the Cubs on Sunday, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Ramirez would have made $16 million under the terms of the option. His decision means the Cubs are off the hook for a $2 million buyout they would have had to pay had they declined their half of the option. It also puts them in position to recoup two draft picks this winter, as Ramirez is unlikely to accept an arbitration offer.

Ramirez rebounded from a poor 2010 to hit .306/.361/.510 with 26 homers and 93 RBI in 565 at-bats last season. He rates as the top third baseman in a weak free agent class also set to include Wilson Betemit, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Mark DeRosa and a question mark in Casey Blake.

The Angels, Rockies, Tigers, Brewers, Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Blue Jays, Indians and Marlins are among the teams that could consider adding a third baseman this winter.

  1. trbowman - Oct 31, 2011 at 3:05 AM

    what a joke. first we’ve got 3 communist judges. Then happy the clown….. Little D Maurice whatever. Now a part time when ever. Only the players and the fans suffer. This is why Unions are down 20% over the last 5 years.

    • henryd3rd - Oct 31, 2011 at 8:17 AM

      Spoken like a guy collecting unemployment and food stamps

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Oct 31, 2011 at 8:21 AM

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 31, 2011 at 3:37 PM

      Translation and/or explanation please. Someone…anyone…please advise as to what this guy is trying to say. The only thing I understand is the Union comment. And even that is out their. Down 20% over the last 5 years? Try 40%. Regardless, everything else seems to be a riddle of some sort.

  2. henryd3rd - Oct 31, 2011 at 8:16 AM

    He should have taken the money. He’s on the downside of his career and there’s no doubt in my mind that last year was a fluke. The only way he hits 300 again is in the minor leagues. Theo must be ecstatic at not having to Ramirez make this decision for him.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Oct 31, 2011 at 8:24 AM

      Last year was a fluke? Ridiculous. If you look at his career numbers, I’m pretty sure the fluke actually happened in 2010.

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 31, 2011 at 3:22 PM

        I agree Chip. I know one thing (aside from 2010)…as a Cardinals fan every time this get stepped in the box he worried the hell out of me. I can also somewhat understand why he would decline the option (if he truly is wanting a multiyear contract). At 33…he better be getting that deal now as opposed to waiting another year. The fact that it’s a very weak market for 3rd Baseman should only help him.

  3. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Oct 31, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Ramirez should have at least waited until the Cubs said no. I mean the extra $2 million is well an extra $2 million. And if the Cubs wanted to pay him $16 million that is better than he will do on the market for a single year. But, I guess, it just shows that it worth big bucks to get out a Cub uniform. Ramirez should follow Broglio’s lead and burn his Cub uniform as he leaves.

  4. philliesblow - Oct 31, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Why would the Tigers consider Ramirez? They already have the offensive powerhouse that is Brandon Inge at 3B. Once he worked out his problems in AAA, Inge hit something like .324 on cloudy Tuesday nights against brown-eyed left handers that don’t throw over 87 MPH whose mothers smoke unfiltered Marlboro’s.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 31, 2011 at 3:38 PM

      Hahaha. “Unfiltered Marlboro’s.” Very similar to a Pall Mall then.

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