11/2 Ramirez officially free agent
Aramis Ramirez notified the Cubs late Tuesday that he was declining to exercise his side of the 2012 mutual option, and is now a free agent. The Cubs had exercised their side on Sunday, and the third baseman had two days to declare his intentions. By declining, the Cubs do not have to pay the $2 million buyout, and they will receive a supplemental pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft as compensation. In nine seasons with the Cubs, Ramirez batted .294 with 239 homers, 806 RBIs. He posted seven seasons with at least 25 home runs.
– Carrie Muskat