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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: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:13 pm
 

Brewers land Aramis Ramirez with three-year deal

Rameriz was one of the few bright spots for the Cubs last season after his forgettable, injury-plagued 2009 season. Unfortunately, that says more about the 2010 Cubs than it does about Aram. At this point in his career, he's a middle-of-the-pack thirdbaseman with a slider-speed bat that inevitably disappears against front-line starters. I will always be a fan of Aram, remembering him as a key late-season pickup in 2003 and easily the best Cub thirdbaseman since Ron Santo, but I think it is a good time for the Cubs to have parted ways with him. I look forward to watching Aramis contribute to the Brewers imminent decline.   



Since: Jan 28, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:08 pm
 

Brewers land Aramis Ramirez with three-year deal

TD, go look at his stats in the playoffs the 2 years they made it when Lou was managing.  Then you will know that Aramis was part of the reason he was on a losing team for so long.  He will hit again this year, after the fact again.



Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:05 pm
 

Brewers land Aramis Ramirez with three-year deal

When he is playing well the Brewers will love him.  When he is doing nothing or being injured you will find out why the Cubs let him go.  Just hope for the Brewers sake he is playing while they are still in the playoff hunt.  He usually warms up right after any hope of getting in is over.  Just depends on how much they paid for him if they got a good deal.  Anything over $8 million/ year is a waste.



Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:45 pm
 

Brewers land Aramis Ramirez with three-year deal

Since Ramirez will play 3rd, maybe Braun NEEDS banned substances to help with all that fielding work with those ground balls that will bounce past Ramirez.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:40 pm
 

Brewers land Aramis Ramirez with three-year deal

I think Ramirez will be a good addition to the Brewers if they are a contender.  Unfortunately, the guy has been on a losing team for so long, he may have forgotten how to win.  The year the Cubs were in contention for the World Series, back in I believe 2003, he had a very good year.  But it has been awhile. 



Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:15 pm
 

Brewers land Aramis Ramirez with three-year deal

So why exactly do the Brewers continue to have an infatuation with McGehee? He's a mediocre fielder at best and fell apart hitting during the stretch run, yet for some reason Roenicke loves this guy. Maybe it's a matter of $$, but why not put someone else at first base other than this goober?

Not sure about this ballclub, their playoff pitching was horrible yet they think that is just an aberration? Wish I could be more sure of that too.



Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:14 pm
 

Brewers land Aramis Ramirez with three-year deal

I can see this deal part of the time. Most of the time, I can't.
Brewers get better bat at 3B.
Alex Gonzalez is not going to make this team a contender at SS, however.




Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:08 pm
 

Brewers land Aramis Ramirez with three-year deal

Aramis was easily the laziest player on the Cubs, don't expect that to change with the Brewers.



Since: Jun 16, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:56 pm
 

Brewers land Aramis Ramirez with three-year deal

Depending on how much money he gets, the Cubs will probably get a compensatory pick at the end of the first Rd. since they offered to pick up his option and he refused.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:54 pm
 

Brewers land Aramis Ramirez with three-year deal

How can anyone say the N.L. Central is gonna have a long season when they produced 2 playoff teams and a World Championship??? The Cards ( I hate to say it being a cubs fan) will always compete, the Brew Crew should be good, seeing as the lost Fielder, but gained A-Ram, not much of a downgrade, especially if they sign a 1B like C.Pena or some cheap good talent. The Reds just were plain unlucky, and the Pirates are constantly improving. I think the N.L. Central will still be one of baseball's toughest divisions, contrary to alot of beliefs.


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