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Brewers agree to three-year deal with Aramis Ramirez

Dec 12, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

Aramis Ramirez AP

Milwaukee may not have Ryan Braun for the first 50 games of 2012, but it looks like there will still be a right-handed slugger in the middle of the Brewers’ lineup.

Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that the Brewers have agreed to a three-year contract with Aramis Ramirez, pending a physical exam.

Milwaukee has been linked to Ramirez for weeks now as a middle-of-the-lineup replacement for Prince Fielder, although there was some speculation that Francisco Rodriguez accepting arbitration could have eaten up the payroll space necessary to sign Ramirez.

He won’t be able to fully replace Fielder’s production, of course, but Ramirez is coming off a very good season and has posted an OPS above .850 in seven of the past eight years. He hit .306 with 26 homers and an .871 OPS in 149 games this year, while Fielder batted .299 with 38 homers and a .981 OPS.

Ramirez declined the Cubs’ arbitration offer, so they’ll receive a supplemental first-round pick for him signing elsewhere.

UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com confirms the deal and says it’s expected to be worth $34-37 million.

UPDATE II: Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that the deal includes a mutual option for a fourth year.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 12, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    It’ll be weird facing you as a division rival again 18 times a year, but as a devout Cub fan, I do wish you the best. Thank you for being the best 3B we had since gool ol’ Santo.

    • comeonnowguys - Dec 12, 2011 at 12:57 PM

      Funny that he’s made three moves and never left the Central.

      Enjoy his slow start and hot streak when your team is too far back to matter, Brewer fans.

      • comeonnowguys - Dec 12, 2011 at 12:58 PM

        er two moves, three teams. Oi vey.

      • dlindstedt2 - Dec 12, 2011 at 1:12 PM

        The Brewers aren’t the Cubs.

      • comeonnowguys - Dec 12, 2011 at 4:38 PM

        What happens when the Brewers lose Braun for 50 games and Fielder forever?

  2. textexington - Dec 12, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Ugh, the Cub’s sloppy seconds.

  3. rambodiaz - Dec 12, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Trading him away in 2003 continues to pay dividends for the Bucs.

    Ugh.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 12, 2011 at 1:43 PM

      And I think they only got Jose Hernandez and Matt Bruback in return from the Cubs. Yeesh.

      • rambodiaz - Dec 12, 2011 at 2:31 PM

        Bobby Hill, too. How could you ever forget him?

      • paperlions - Dec 12, 2011 at 3:25 PM

        Seriously….

  4. Old Gator - Dec 12, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    And just in time.

    I guess it’s gonna have to be Hanley at third after all. Ah well.

    • cintiphil - Dec 12, 2011 at 1:30 PM

      Hey hold on now. The Reds are going to get Hanley. I just need to speak with Walt first.

      • Old Gator - Dec 12, 2011 at 2:15 PM

        Disney?

      • cintiphil - Dec 12, 2011 at 3:07 PM

        YES!

      • Old Gator - Dec 12, 2011 at 5:49 PM

        Would you like to borrow my Ouija Scrabble board?

  5. jwbiii - Dec 12, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Hmm. Ryan Braun hit the ball on the play when Ramirez dislocated his shoulder in 2009. Interesting.

  6. tone360 - Dec 12, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Aramis Ramirez: Turning doubles into singles since 2004. See ya later you lazy ass punk.

    • paperlions - Dec 12, 2011 at 3:26 PM

      In fairness, he also turns ground outs into singles and doubles.

      • 18thstreet - Dec 12, 2011 at 5:00 PM

        He also turns flour into pancakes. You can’t explain that.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Dec 13, 2011 at 10:18 AM
  7. riverace19 - Dec 12, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    My favorite Cubs player since Ryno and Dawson… he’s a warm weather hitter which means be patient in April / early May. Yup, there are times when he looks disinterested. You don’t get paid for enthusiasm. You get paid for results, and ARam gives you results. Depends on the $$ but the Brewers filled a need and probably didn’t break the bank. What happens to Casey McGehee now?

    • cintiphil - Dec 12, 2011 at 1:33 PM

      You cubbie fans please make up your minds. He is your favorite, and he is a lazy ass punk to tone360. Which is it? I always like the guy with the Cubs. he was not so great in Milwaukee, but could have been.

      • riverace19 - Dec 12, 2011 at 1:45 PM

        He has been the #1 run producer on the North Side since 2003 and #2 isn’t close. He had a terrible playoff series vs D-Backs a few years ago and is a slow starter.
        I can understand why Cubs fans might have a mixed reaction, but there are many other more-legit places for Cubs fans to put their frustrations than ARam.

    • jwbiii - Dec 12, 2011 at 1:38 PM

      McGehee? We’ll know more in 10 1/2 hours. He’s arbitration eligible; MLB Trade Rumors is guessing $3.1M.Pricy for a backup corner infielder coming off a bad season. Taylor Green and Zelous Wheeler are both on the 40 man roster. Things don’t look so bright for him in Milwaukee.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Dec 12, 2011 at 1:42 PM

        If Casey is still on the team he’ll get moved over to 1B.

      • jwbiii - Dec 12, 2011 at 1:54 PM

        berwcrewfan54, I’m guessing Gamel or Ramirez is moved to first, Green or Wheeler is the backup corner IF, and McGehee is a free agent tomorrow.

  8. tone360 - Dec 12, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    @ Cintiphil. He was my favorite “lazy ass punk.” In our 03 collapse he already had purchased airline tix before game 7. That right there sums up his stay here in Chicago. He can still hit and his glove is dependable but he couldn’t care less about the success of the team. It’s true you don’t get paid for enthusiasm but A-Ram takes his disconnect to a new level of low. I remember watching Fielder hustle his way around the bases for an inside the park homer, A-Ram would have had a solid double on that play.

    • cintiphil - Dec 12, 2011 at 3:12 PM

      I don’t remember the incident of which you speak, but I did hear something like that about him or Zambrano leaving the dugout before the end of the game. However, you are right, that should never happen. That could just be disgust for the teams performance on that day. He does have a good bat however, and can field. He will be a good pickup in my estimation.

  9. sterko - Dec 12, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    • cintiphil - Dec 12, 2011 at 3:30 PM

      Get LOST!

  10. stlouis1baseball - Dec 12, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Great pick up. This guy scares the hell out of me every time he steps in the box (and always had). I was starting to wonder if this deal was ever going to be completed with the amount of time it was taking. Unlike a lot of “fans” of other teams in the NL Central…I want the best players in the division to be retained. This reflects well on the Central and also means my team has to beat the best. You always want to beat the best (or should anyway). To that end…I am hoping you guys can hold the fort until Braun fullfills his 50 game suspension. Again…great pick up.

  11. johnnyb1976 - Dec 12, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    Bad contract for a player in decline no doubt this was a move to get a bat to replace Braun while he’s out.

    • stlouis1baseball - Dec 12, 2011 at 5:01 PM

      A player in decline?

      • jwbiii - Dec 12, 2011 at 5:34 PM

        Tough to tell with Ramirez. He doesn’t hit the DL very often, but he’s often hurt:

        http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=RAMIREZ19780625A

        (Scrolll down a bit)
        I think a lot of his dogging it rep comes because he’s playing while nursing a sore hammy/quad/calf/lower back, etc.

        I just heard 3/$36M.

  12. mojosmagic - Dec 12, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    You let a 27 year old Fielder walk and you sign this guy for 12 million a year. I don’t how smart that is. I would think it smarter to find a cheaper option at third and use the money to sign a Prince.

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