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A. Ramirez wants more than one year in new deal

Posted on: September 12, 2011 11:10 pm
 
RamirezBy Evan Brunell

Aramis Ramirez believes he deserves a contract worth more than the one year, which he may have to play under for 2012.

"If I hit the marketplace I should end up with a two- or three-year deal," Ramirez told ESPNChicago.com. "The reason is, there aren't a lot of third baseman available this offseason. But if [Cubs officials] approach me, I'm sure we can get something done. But probably not for one year."

The team holds an option on the third baseman for 2012 at $16 million with a $2 million buyout if they decline it (so really, Ramirez is valued at $14 million). Ramirez is able to decline the team's option and become a free agent, which he is expected to do so during an offseason where he will be seeking his final big payday at age 33. With a lack of strong offensive third basemen on the free-agent market, Ramirez certainly could earn a three-year deal on the market after hitting .303/.357/.504 with 24 homers in 583 plate appearances during a resurgent season.

"My priority has always been to stay with the Cubs," Ramirez added. "But, right now, we don't even have a GM to make any decisions. So I hope we finish strong the next two weeks and then we'll see what happens.

"A one-year thing is not ideal. Every player wants to be in place for at least two or three years. But the one-year stuff, that's kind of tough to do. But I do want to stay with the Cubs if I can."

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:05 am
 

A. Ramirez wants more than one year in new deal

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Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: September 13, 2011 12:52 am
 

A. Ramirez wants more than one year in new deal

As a Cubs fan, if Aramis wants to test the market, I think he has earned that right.  I think he will stay in Chicago if they offer him similar money as what is on the market but I would wish him well if he tried to get with a contender.  I cheer for Derek Lee everytime he comes to Chicago.




Since: Feb 13, 2008
Posted on: September 12, 2011 11:51 pm
 

A. Ramirez wants more than one year in new deal

Head South young man, head South.  To St. Louis.  Nice fit, see what happens, if they resign Berkman and Pujols, then A-Ram...hmmmm



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: September 12, 2011 11:46 pm
 

A. Ramirez wants more than one year in new deal

Just thank him for his service, take the buyout, and let him go find this money that he thinks is out there.  If he wants to come back for a cheaper 1 year deal, resign him.  He's an older player who rarely stays healthy, so a multiple year deal is just another albatross contract that Cubs are known for.  It looks like next year will be another rebuilding year for the Cubs, so let some other team sign him for big money and pay for him to be on the DL.  


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