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Aramis isn't Prince, but he should help Brewers

Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:15 pm
 
Aramis Ramirez isn't Prince Fielder.

No one's saying he is.

But if you begin with the assumption that keeping Prince Fielder was always going to be a huge longshot, then Aramis Ramirez isn't bad.

The Brewers completed the rebuilding of the left side of their infield Monday, signing Ramirez to a three-year contract that will pay him about $36 mill, according to sources. With Ramirez at third and Alex Gonzalez (signed last week) at shortstop, they should be improved defensively.

And with Ramirez sliding into Fielder's spot in the middle of the batting order, they should be competitive offensively, too.

Ramirez becomes even more important to the Brewers with Ryan Braun's status in doubt. Braun faces a 50-game suspension for a failed drug test, with his appeal scheduled to go before an arbitrator sometime next month.

But Braun will be back. Fielder, barring what would now be an incredible turn of events, will not. The Brewers were faced with replacing 38 home runs, 120 RBI and a .981 OPS out of the cleanup spot.

Ramirez has a career .842 OPS. He has six career 100-RBI seasons, and he drove in 93 runs for a bad Cubs team last year.

He's not Prince, but he is a solid middle-of-the order bat.

With the Ramirez signing, the Brewers could be done with their major winter shopping. The plan has been to try young (and cheap) Mat Gamel at first base, and with Francisco Rodriguez accepting salary arbitration, the Brewers wouldn't have much money to spend on another first baseman, anyway.

They could still trade K-Rod to a team looking for a closer. They could consider dealing starting pitcher Randy Wolf or even Shaun Marcum if they wanted to use the money elsewhere.

But other than adding some depth, the Brewers now don't need to do anything else. Without Prince, and likely without Braun for the first 50 games, they still have a team that should compete again in the National League Central.

The Brewers won the division in 2011. The Cardinals, their closest contender, lost a manager (Tony La Russa) and a superstar (Albert Pujols). The Reds, who won in 2010, have yet to find a deal for the top starting pitcher they have long sought.

The Cubs, even if they sign Fielder, are likely a year or two away from true contention. The Pirates are improving, but not scary. The Astros are just starting on a long rebuilding process.

The Brewers may not be as good without Fielder. But with Ramirez, in this division, they could be good enough.


Comments

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:58 pm
 

Aramis isn't Prince, but he should help Brewers

I would like to offer up my services as an "expert" at CBS since it seems that the current ones don't actually pay attention to the sports they write about.

Aramis will finish the season hitting over .300, probably hit around 25 homers, and drive in 80 or 90.  He will have a DL stint or two (only player 150+ games in Chicago once), plus at least a dozen missed games for various owies that most players play through.  And Brewers fans, at the end of the year, will be as shocked as Cubs fans usually were at what good numbers he put up.  

He plays a horrible and slow third base, probably the slowest 5-4-3 DP in baseball.  He has little or no range in either direction and is afraid to dive after various shoulder ailments.  He is the master of the solo HR, hits when runners are not on or the game is lost, not when you need him.  And, with a career playoff average under .200, with more k's than hits, he is useless in the postseason.  

He seems like a decent enough guy off of the field and all, but he is no replacement for Fielder.... 



Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:21 am
 

Aramis isn't Prince, but he should help Brewers

Are you serious? This guy plays only when there is no pressure! The Cubs were perfect for him, out of contention by June 1st. Make sure you get a good first baseman also, Derrick Lee and Carlos  Pena saved him a bunch of errors by catching his wild throws and he was paid 12 million a year to boot? Brewers got taken!  



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:06 am
 

Aramis isn't Prince, but he should help Brewers

Yeah, it's nice that they signed a slugging third baseman, and a decent SS, but none of it is going to help their pitching. They got remarkable performances out of guys like Wolf, Marcum and Narveson, but to expect that trio to repeat those performances next season is not likely. Wolf is the most solid bet, but he can just as easily lose 15 games as win 15. Marcum was out of gas at the end of the season after exceeding 200 IP for the first time in his career. Narveson had a career year, finished the playoffs in the bullpen, and had hip surgery in the offseason. Maybe Greinke will step up.



Since: Mar 6, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 7:24 am
 

Aramis isn't Prince, but he should help Brewers

Wow!  I didn't realize that the species of subhuman racists still survived.  I should have expected their stubborn hardiness.  
 



Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:38 am
 

Aramis isn't Prince, but he should help Brewers

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: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:53 am
 

Aramis isn't Prince, but he should help Brewers

sorry didnt know they traded mcgeehe



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:51 am
 

Aramis isn't Prince, but he should help Brewers

The biggest thing with ramirez is that it takes him atleast untill june to start hitting so i dont see how this willl hold over the brewers for 50 games they will need more help than him and its also taking mcgee out of the lineup and he looked good last year so why over pay for a guy who cant get it done when they need him the most



Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:09 pm
 

Aramis isn't Prince, but he should help Brewers

This is a really nice signing for the Brewers.  Of course, if Braun misses 50 games they will be looking up at the Reds and Cards. 



Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:38 pm
 

Aramis isn't Prince, but he should help Brewers

i do like only 3 years. 2 would have been perfect



Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:36 pm
 

Aramis isn't Prince, but he should help Brewers

$12 a year. was hoping they gave him $10. guess its better than mcghee


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