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Tigers “have been in contact” with free agent Aramis Ramirez

Nov 28, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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In addition to their reported interest in Mark Buehrle the Tigers “have been in contact with the agent for” Aramis Ramirez, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com.

Beck writes that “there are no negotiations going on” and the two sides haven’t talked since early this month, but adds that Thanksgiving may have played a part in the recent lack of dialogue.

Brandon Inge is still under contract for $5.5 million in 2012 with a $6 million option or $500,000 buyout in 2013, but the Tigers have already shown that they’re willing to bench the 34-year-old third baseman and Ramirez would be a massive upgrade offensively.

He’d also be a massive downgrade defensively, but with Inge coming off a .197 batting average and Ramirez producing an OPS above .850 for the seventh time in eight seasons Detroit would probably be willing to sacrifice glove for bat. Ramirez is 33 years old, but adding him to Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez would be a very scary middle of the order.

  1. 2r2d - Nov 28, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    It would be nice to see him go to the American League.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 28, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Meanwhile, the Cubs seem to have no plan B. Though I wouldn’t miss a guy who lets his agent say “That ship has sailed’, like a pretentious jackass.

  3. Old Gator - Nov 28, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    That’s nothing. I was “in contact” with Ted Williams the other night while playing Ouija Scrabble. He called me “Bush,” and I was about to get insulted when I remembered that that’s what he used to call any journalist who asked him dumb questions about hitting.

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