9/20 Ramy: “I don’t know what’s going to happen”

Aramis Ramirez may have played his last home game in a Cubs uniform on Tuesday. The third baseman may test the free agent market after this season if the Cubs don’t pick up his $16 million option or offers him a multi-year deal. Whether he’ll play again in the final seven games is yet to be determined, too. He had to leave Tuesday’s game with a strained right quad, aggravated when he ran to first in the sixth inning against the Brewers. His status health-wise is day to day.

His status with the Cubs is the same. Was Tuesday his last home game with the team?

“Probably. There’s a good chance,” Ramirez said after the Cubs’ 5-1 loss to the Brewers. “I’m a free agent and right now, I don’t know what’s going to happen. It looks like I’m going to hit the market.”

He’d be the top third baseman available. Ramirez was batting .306 with 25 homers and 92 RBIs. He’s been with the Cubs since July 2003 when acquired from the Pirates. He wants to stay in Chicago.

“I’ve been saying that all along and it’s no secret to anybody,” Ramirez said. “It doesn’t look that way right now. We haven’t heard anything from the front office.”

That’s most likely because the Cubs’ general manager’s position is vacant following the dismissal last month of Jim Hendry. Ramirez said his agent, Paul Kinzer, was in Chicago but that he has not reached out to the Cubs front office.

“We don’t have a GM so I don’t know who to talk to,” Ramirez said.

Retirement doesn’t appear to be a consideration for the 33-year-old infielder.

“I think I can play three, four more years,” he said. “It’s just a matter of being in the right situation and we’ll see what happens.”

Wednesday is the Cubs final home game of the season.

“It’s going to be different,” Ramirez said. “It’s going to be the first time that I don’t know if I’m coming back. All the other times, I knew. I had my place here, I knew I’d have my locker here, the same locker at Wrigley field. Next year, I don’t know. It’s going to be different.”

– Carrie Muskat

4 Comments

Aramas needs to be brought back on a two year deal $20 million deal sound about right.

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Ironic that in the same article Ramirez can be considered the top third baseman available while also mentioning that he aggravated a quad just running to first base and also the mention of retirement not being an option. Why mention retirement unless the player is OLD enough and fragile enough?? (hmmmm….somebody thought it worth mentioning….) Even an acceptable two year deal at a decent salary as Larry suggests is just that, acceptable and probably wont net two full years from Ramirez considering his age. How many times will he be running to first during those two years? Do we write off the months of Arpril and May? It may be time for this team to just make some hard decisions, let the past go and reach for that ever elusive “new cultue” that does not include Ramirez, Soriano etc. If Ramirez came back for a year or two it wouldn’t be the worst thing but it may not be the best thing…

Two year deal??? Are you out of your mind? This guy is the single most biggest clubhouse cancer this team has ever seen. He refuses to take any leadership or responsibility for his play. He’s lazy, selfish, and unmotivated. I said good riddens to bad trash. If he wants to go, throw him a party. Then complete plans to get rid of Soriano, Zambrano, and yes…..even Dempster.

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