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Brewers land Aramis Ramirez with three-year deal

Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:54 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2011 6:46 pm
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By Matt Snyder


Brewers fans are in need of good news, and it's possible this will suffice. Slugging third baseman Aramis Ramirez has signed a three-year deal with Milwaukee, pending a physical, Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com has confirmed. The news was first reported by ESPN.com. CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman has learned the contract will be worth about $36 million.

Considering free agent Prince Fielder is headed elsewhere -- which is cemented with this signing -- and 2011 NL MVP Ryan Braun will likely be serving a 50-game suspension to open the 2012 season, there was a gaping hole in the middle of the prospective opening-day roster for the defending NL Central champs. While Ramirez isn't anywhere close to being as good as Fielder or Braun in the batter's box, he's a bona fide cleanup hitter.

Brewers' offseason
Ramirez, 33, has been with the Cubs since a midseason trade back in 2003, so he's been a member of three NL Central division championship clubs. He hit .306/.361/.510 with 26 homers, 93 RBI and 35 doubles last season, winning a Silver Slugger award. He's a two-time All-Star and has garnered MVP votes in four different seasons. And playing for a contender was important, which Ramirez believes the Brewers are.

"That was one of his criteria," agent Paul Kinzer said, via the Associated Press. "There were about four teams that he liked that were contenders, and Milwaukee was at the top of his list."

The move rounds out the left side of the Brewers' infield, as they signed Alex Gonzalez to play shortstop last week. Casey McGehee will flip across the diamond and play first base, with Mat Gamel also being in the mix there as well.

Ramirez has played his entire 14-year career in the NL Central.

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Comments

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:47 pm
 

Brewers land Aramis Ramirez with three-year deal

This is win win for the Cubs!!!  we lose a lazy ass player and the Brewers gain one!  



Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:21 pm
 

Brewers land Aramis Ramirez with three-year deal

Hope Milwaukee goes to Game 7 in the LCS next year so Aramis can book his flight home after game 6 like he did v. the Marlins.  I'm glad to see the Cubs sticking to the plan of long term systemic overhaul and not trying to go buy a bunch of band-aids to compete immediately.



Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 7:18 pm
 

Brewers land Aramis Ramirez with three-year deal

I wonder why Theo let Ramirez go?  Did he remind him of Manny?  (Just Kidding)  I wonder if Theo is trying to work out his compensation with The Red Sox by making a play for Youk and trading Garza (and more) to Boston for Youk.  Never know just a thought! 



Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:24 pm
 

Big help, but...

I wish the Brewers had signed Lance Berkman, when the had the chance.  He's better than Fielder ever was -- a better defensive player, as good a hitter, and much more versatile; and he comes at a fraction of the price.  The Cardinals will not miss a beat without Pojols, because they were looking ahead when they signed Berkman.  They may even be better-off without Pujols, because there is always that concern that "the player" becomes bigger than the team/organization (and manager) at some point --like Brett Favre got, with the Packers.  That becomes a huge problem, and nobody needs that. 



Since: Aug 6, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:11 am
 

Brewers land Aramis Ramirez with three-year deal

"Mr. Sunshine" a Brewer?  He will take his happy-go-lucky attitude to Milwaukee and teach those Brewers how to smile.  How to have fun.  What  terrific clubhouse presence.  What a leader.  I just don't know if Milwaukee will know what to do with such a lovable, team oriented player.




Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:46 am
 

Brewers land Aramis Ramirez with three-year deal

You might want to re-read the article where it mentions Ramirez was a part of three NL Central champion teams. The Brewers have one in the last decade, the Cubs have three. They were hardly losing 70 games by August every year.

That being said, Ramirez was always a good clubhouse guy, and I do think the Brewers are getting a good deal here. His numbers are on the decline though, and while he's going to be a very good third basemen in the short term, he didn't make sense from the Cubs' perspective. Enjoy him, Brew Crew. He will be a good player for you. 



Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:37 am
 

Brewers land Aramis Ramirez with three-year deal

Ramirez is a waste of talent. He unfortunately has that terrible disease that afflicts the majority of Hispanics. He is lazy. If they resign Fielder they will be the largest laziest corners in MLB history.




Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:06 am
 

Brewers land Aramis Ramirez with three-year deal

Welcome to "Wrigley North" Aramis, hope you brought the HR bat with you



Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:04 am
 

Brewers land Aramis Ramirez with three-year deal

Welcome to the "Wrigley North" Aramis hope you brought your HR bat with you



Since: Jul 13, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:00 pm
 

Brewers land Aramis Ramirez with three-year deal

"So, if the Cubs can sign Fielder, which I still don't think they should do, they would in essence trade a 34 year old (at the start of the season) non-clutch hitter for a young slugger.  Works for me. "

Hey lunkhead - Prince will make 38 million in a year and 1/2.  He turned down 5yr 20 million 2 years ago.  How can you call this a trade... another stupid cub fan demonstrating the illogical baseball acumen that has made it possible for your franchise to lose repeatedly in that toilet you call a ballpark and still get you lemmings to buy tickets.

Did you ever think that Ramirez looked disinterested because your team had 70 losses by August every year?



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