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Ramirez, White Sox agree to extension

Posted on: January 31, 2011 6:54 pm
 

RamirezThe White Sox have handed Alexei Ramirez a new deal that will pay him $34.5 million over the next four seasons, along with a club option worth $10 million.

The deal, as reported by Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald, ties the 29-year-old to Chicago until at least 2014, which buys out all of his arbitration years and first year of free agency. The Cuban Missile was set to make an outrageously low $2.875 million in 2010 before heading into arbitration. While he may earn a similar amount in 2011 with much of the salary coming in the latter years, he will earn an average annual value of $8.625 million over the four years, not including the club option.

Ramirez was perhaps the best shortstop in the AL, flashing good defense and a bat that put forth 18 home runs en route to a .282/.313/.431 line. And yes, that's plenty enough to put him in the conversation for best shortstop in the AL. If you want to see how he ranks among all shortstops, check back Wednesday when the Facts and Rumors team unveils the positional rankings for short. (First base was today.)

It's a fantastic signing for Chicago. They lock up one of the better performers at a position that is hard to come by these days for quality names (although some young players are starting to make waves there, like Cliff Pennington, Ian Desmond, Elvis Andrus and Starlin Castro) and do so at very reasonable dollars.

-- Evan Brunell

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Comments

Since: Jul 29, 2008
Posted on: February 1, 2011 11:27 pm
 

Ramirez, White Sox agree to extension

I agree...GO TRIBE!!



Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2011 6:22 pm
 

Ramirez, White Sox agree to extension

The average MLB Salary for 2010 was $3.3 million!!!!  The average US citizen makes $44,000 (according the US Census Bureau). 

That means, the average citizen would need to work for 23 years just to break a million!!!!

I love sports more than most, but, the salaries are ridiculous!  I refuse to attend games unless I get free tickets. 

I pay for the MLB package and Sunday Ticket.  I have the best seat in the house and I don't have to deal with obnoxious NY/NJ fans...

Time for the fans to take a stance....the rest of the Country is hurting, yet, these guys keep getting raises to play a game.  It is obvious the owners could care less about the fans and are catering to the big companies that throw money towards them.



Since: Aug 17, 2010
Posted on: February 1, 2011 6:03 pm
 

Ramirez, White Sox agree to extension

I have to say, I'm a Twins fan but from a talent perspective the ChiSox look to win the central this year



Since: Jul 30, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2011 2:57 pm
 

Ramirez, White Sox agree to extension

I love baseball.  I love going to games.  In reponse to players salaries and the cost of going to a game:  Vote with your wallet.  Don't go.  I go to about 5 games a year.  I scalp and usually pay a good amount under face.  Thank goodness the Orioles suck.

I met a guy the other day who said he doesn't follow any organized sports because he believes nobody should make that much playing a game.  He formed that opinion because he made so little as a fire fighter.  I thought it was an interesting stance that I personally wouldn't make.  But in the end, he voted with his wallet.

And truly, it is capitalism.  It is supply and demand.  It is economics 101.  If the price was too high...the consumer wouldn't pay.  If you think they shouldn't make that much and ticket prices are too high...don't watch.  If enough people did that...I guarantee that the price of tickets would come down.

Go Tribe!!!!



Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: February 1, 2011 2:48 pm
 

Ramirez, White Sox agree to extension

This is a GREAT signing for the White Sox. Alexei was easily the team MVP last year. He is smooth in the field, has a strong arm, and is getting better each year, both at the plate and with his range. He has some nice pop in his bat, too. Elvis Andrus looks like a keeper, too, but I haven't seen him enough to know if his upside is as high as Alexei, who has improved consistently as he adjusts to MLB and living in the US. If Gordon Beckham can settle in at 2nd base, they could represent that "strong up the middle" defense, along with Alex Rios in CF, and AJ @ catcher, that playoff teams need for years to come. Nice move Kenny Williams - great signing!



Since: Mar 27, 2008
Posted on: February 1, 2011 12:51 pm
 

Ramirez, White Sox agree to extension

These players deserve as much as they can get. Why not? If the revenue is there they should get it. However as far as little old me is concerned the price of going to games is outrageous and I had thought by now would be killing some teams with low attendance. I guess its not. I go to 1 knick game, 1 Yankee game, 1 Giant or Jet game, 1 islander game and 3 met games a year. I get the yankee game, 1 met game and 1 islander game given to me. So I pay for 2-4 tickets to 1 knick game, 1 football game and 2 met games and even that is a killer an absolute killer. I do pretty well too so it's not like I'm some little sister of the poor. I can't afford to go to more than the few games I go to and I have to think the majority of the country is just like me. The convenience and low cost of watching games at Home is where it's at for this big sports fan.



Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: February 1, 2011 12:42 pm
 

Ramirez, White Sox agree to extension

As much as you can get you socialist/communist/Obama loving liberal redistributing pinko

Man Monkey - You are right, I do sound like a liberal-socialist punk when I read my comments back.  I would want as much as I could get too.  I apologize for sounding like I come from CA.



Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2011 12:36 pm
 

Its capitalism stupid

"How much money could you possibly need to play a game for a living"

As much as you can get you socialist/communist/Obama loving liberal redistributing pinko



Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: February 1, 2011 10:35 am
 

Ramirez, White Sox agree to extension

You are right Monkey, I hate money.  Sure I could buy junk seats at the top or standing room only tickets for $20 and get to the game for a little less than $200, but my point is that these owners and players don't care about the fans that pay their salaries.  How much money could you possibly need to play a game for a living.  We put these athletes on a pedestal and they do nothing important in life, it is not like they are out risking their lives for us.  Most are complete dbags.  I guess my view on this is that I am tired of spending as much money as it costs to go watch a sports game.  The guys make enough money to last a lifetime if they don't "Charlie Sheen" it, although I am a bit jealous of Sheen.




Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2011 10:07 am
 

DCN hates money

If it costs you $200 dollars to get 4 tickets, you are doing it wrong.


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