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UPDATE: Phillies out of hunt for Aramis Ramirez

Dec 7, 2011, 1:15 AM EDT

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1:15 a.m. EST update: Danny Knobler of CBS Sports reports that the Phillies have dropped out of the bidding for Aramis Ramirez, leaving the Brewers and Angels as the top contenders to sign the third baseman. According to Knobler, the Phillies have decided to keep Placido Polanco as their third baseman and make another run at re-signing Jimmy Rollins.

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Agent Paul Klinzer told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Tom Haudricourt that he views the Brewers as “a favorite” to sign Aramis Ramirez.

Klinzer is seeking a three-year deal for Ramirez and said his client is interested in what the Brewers have to offer. The Phillies and Angels appear to be the other primary suitors for Ramirez, who is far and away the top third baseman available in free agency.

If the Brewers can sign Ramirez, they’d make Casey McGehee available in trade talks. They could even non-tender McGehee, though odds are that a team looking for a less expensive third baseman would be interested. Seattle is one possibility there.

Ramirez hit .306/.361/.510 with 26 homers and 93 RBI for the Cubs last season. A career National Leaguer, he’s had four 30-homer seasons and gone to two All-Star Games. He would have been a late pick to go to a third last season, but he opted to return home to the Dominican Republic instead.

  1. burnsy - Dec 6, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    I assumed it was the Marlins.

  2. dlindstedt2 - Dec 6, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    I say just sign him. What the heck, you aren’t going anywhere waiting for the Prince Bus to roll up. That thing is long gone.

    If it was about him being comfortable he would have signed immediately. Move on and cash in on the talent that is available now because if you keep waiting, when you actually do start looking, the talent will be gone.

    Brewers, stop sitting on your hands. You were a few pieces away from the World Series, the time to act is NOW

  3. bozosforall - Dec 6, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Can Ramirez play first base? He might not be a bad option just to plug in there instead of displacing McGehee.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 6, 2011 at 5:05 PM

      He’s going to have to soon enough. Aramis will not be healthy and consistent throughout the entirety of this deal.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Dec 6, 2011 at 5:07 PM

      With the way his defense has declined, there’s a good chance he’d actually be more valuable at first base. Still, considering that the competition at first base this winter includes Pujols, Fielder, Pena and D-Lee, while the competition at third is Wilson Betemit, it’s hard to imagine him moving now.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 6, 2011 at 5:27 PM

        He won’t move now. 2013-2014 is another story, though. His hamstrings have been fragile for years, and I don’t think he’d get over another significant injury at this point in his career.

  4. dlindstedt2 - Dec 6, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    The guy almost had the same year Prince did, and look, Prince wants a long term super mega contract, this guy, wants 3 years and probably less than market value considering his age.

    Sure, the risk is there with his age with the drop off, but I would take that risk over Prince’s body weight/shape/size/money.

    Milwaukee, I get you have to be smart because one bad move could spell doom for years. But come on, this is your 4th batter in the line up, this helps 3rd, and you still get a 300 hitter.

    • paperlions - Dec 6, 2011 at 6:29 PM

      If by “had the same year”, you mean that they were both alive during it and they both played professional baseball for an NL Central team….then, yeah…I agree….they had the same year.

  5. brewcrewfan54 - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    While Ramirez isn’t the greatest pick up it’s far from the worst. Truth is with Reyes gone the Brewers are this much closer to re-signing Betancourt. I’d rather go into the season with the left side of the IF as Ramirez and Betancourt than Yuni and McGehee.

    • brewcrewchamps - Dec 6, 2011 at 11:44 PM

      I dont know…defensively that’s a pretty awful side of the infield

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