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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
 


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: May 21, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:40 pm
 

Brewers land Aramis Ramirez with three-year deal

Man that Theo Epstein is making huge moves. Signing David DeJesus and letting go one of the cubs decent players go. lol
Rumors are he's looking to sign David Ortiz to be the Cubs Dh. wtf? oops thats the american league rules theo!!! Theo for president




Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:54 pm
 

Brewers land Aramis Ramirez with three-year deal

McGehee was just traded to Pittsburgh for Jose Veras (A middle reliever with career ERA over 4). 




Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:41 pm
 

Brewers land Aramis Ramirez with three-year deal

The Crew is getting a terrific ballplayer, feel lucky....36 mil at that!  As for the clubhouse cancer, I can assure you this is NOT the case.  His worst attributes:  lack of huslte, defense is decent at best, slow starter, hits terrific when it doesn't matter all that much.



Since: Nov 6, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:35 pm
 

Brewers land Aramis Ramirez with three-year deal

with those numbers he can show up whenever he wants



Since: Nov 6, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:33 pm
 

Brewers land Aramis Ramirez with three-year deal

i cant believe they got him so cheap. what the heck were my braves thinking.



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:12 pm
 

Brewers land Aramis Ramirez with three-year deal

Ramirez is a great sign.  He had one of the best second halfs last year is a major threat in any lineup.  He will be a 30 / 100 guy with the Brewers and hit .310



Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:53 pm
 

Brewers land Aramis Ramirez with three-year deal

Ok good , now resign Fielder.



Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 7:46 pm
 

Brewers land Aramis Ramirez with three-year deal

Non wonder he was pounding his chest like King Kong rounding 3rd after going deep. He was wired on roids.


I don't think 'roids work quite this way, dude.



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 7:42 pm
 

Brewers land Aramis Ramirez with three-year deal

I am so happy that Hendry is gone and Theo let Ramirez walk.  And, since we gave him arbitration, we get a decent pick out of it too.

He is an amazing hitter when he wants to be.  At times, he could carry the club (espeically since Braun will be suspended).  But most of the other time, he looks bored or disinterested, plays a horrible 3B, and does not hit in the clutch and the postseason.  Purely a numbers guy.   

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. 



Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 6:54 pm
 

Brewers land Aramis Ramirez with three-year deal

How can third base literally be a revolving door?


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