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Aramis isn't Prince, but he should help Brewers

Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:15 pm
 
Aramis Ramirez isn't Prince Fielder.

No one's saying he is.

But if you begin with the assumption that keeping Prince Fielder was always going to be a huge longshot, then Aramis Ramirez isn't bad.

The Brewers completed the rebuilding of the left side of their infield Monday, signing Ramirez to a three-year contract that will pay him about $36 mill, according to sources. With Ramirez at third and Alex Gonzalez (signed last week) at shortstop, they should be improved defensively.

And with Ramirez sliding into Fielder's spot in the middle of the batting order, they should be competitive offensively, too.

Ramirez becomes even more important to the Brewers with Ryan Braun's status in doubt. Braun faces a 50-game suspension for a failed drug test, with his appeal scheduled to go before an arbitrator sometime next month.

But Braun will be back. Fielder, barring what would now be an incredible turn of events, will not. The Brewers were faced with replacing 38 home runs, 120 RBI and a .981 OPS out of the cleanup spot.

Ramirez has a career .842 OPS. He has six career 100-RBI seasons, and he drove in 93 runs for a bad Cubs team last year.

He's not Prince, but he is a solid middle-of-the order bat.

With the Ramirez signing, the Brewers could be done with their major winter shopping. The plan has been to try young (and cheap) Mat Gamel at first base, and with Francisco Rodriguez accepting salary arbitration, the Brewers wouldn't have much money to spend on another first baseman, anyway.

They could still trade K-Rod to a team looking for a closer. They could consider dealing starting pitcher Randy Wolf or even Shaun Marcum if they wanted to use the money elsewhere.

But other than adding some depth, the Brewers now don't need to do anything else. Without Prince, and likely without Braun for the first 50 games, they still have a team that should compete again in the National League Central.

The Brewers won the division in 2011. The Cardinals, their closest contender, lost a manager (Tony La Russa) and a superstar (Albert Pujols). The Reds, who won in 2010, have yet to find a deal for the top starting pitcher they have long sought.

The Cubs, even if they sign Fielder, are likely a year or two away from true contention. The Pirates are improving, but not scary. The Astros are just starting on a long rebuilding process.

The Brewers may not be as good without Fielder. But with Ramirez, in this division, they could be good enough.


Comments

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:16 pm
 

Aramis isn't Prince, but he should help Brewers

Just as a mental note, I'm feeling the need to revise what I said before because I just saw McGehee got traded to the Pirates for Jose Veras. So the backups in the infield have yet to be decided, but the pitching will be solid again and the hitting has lots of potential without Fielder. Still very possible they keep him, by trading K-Rod they can get some money back for Prince.



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:58 pm
 

Aramis isn't Prince, but he should help Brewers

Aramis got paid, now it's time for 'Operation Shut-down'!!!



Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:04 pm
 

Aramis isn't Prince, but he should help Brewers

EVERYTHING went right for their pitching last year in terms or performance and no injuries.  Expect a market correction next year.  



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:49 pm
 

Aramis isn't Prince, but he should help Brewers

Ramirez is a mistake.  He hasn't hit 30 HR since 2006, if the ball isn't hit at him at medium speed he doesn't get it and he has the double play of chumps being an ex-Pirate and an ex-Cub.  This will be the first step in Melvin getting fired.  Until now he had Jack Z's guys.  Now, it's all about to end.  I'm a true blue Brewer believer, but 2012 is shaping up to be barely .500 year even if Braun only gets 25 games.
Ramirez is someone that will hit in .280's or better, He will hit 20 to 30 homeruns and knock in close 100 RBI's. Now his his defense is not his strength, Ramirez will do an lot better since he have some protection in the lineup


It should not matter what team he played for in the past, or what stats that he has put up. All that matter is what he does as a Brewer, I think that he going to be a good fit.



Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:43 pm
 

Aramis isn't Prince, but he should help Brewers

I've always liked Aramis but hey weren't people making the point that age factors into a players demise. Ramirez will be an upgrade for the Brew Crew but his numbers have already crept southward and he's now approaching the age, 33, where most major leaguers start to drop off. As far as the Brewers overall goes I guess losing Fielder and the possible loss of Braun for fifty games dulls any excitement that this signing may garner. How ironic is it that after the Cards lose their big guy the Brewers take it on the nose. I guess we can't give the central crown to either team just yeat.


  



Since: Apr 3, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:09 pm
 

Aramis isn't Prince, but he should help Brewers

Of course, the real problem with Houston winning the NL Central is that they're in the AL West.
Actually they are still going to be in the NL central this next year.  2013 is when they make the move to the AL.



Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 7:57 pm
 

Aramis isn't Prince, but he should help Brewers

This is why MLB needs to have an NFL-style salary cap to make it possible for all teams to be "in the hunt" based on talent, managing their cap numbers and coaching.



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 7:32 pm
 

The Astros are just starting on a long rebuilding

Of course, the real problem with Houston winning the NL Central is that they're in the AL West.



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 6:58 pm
 

Aramis isn't Prince, but he should help Brewers

Okay, first and foremost the Ryan Braun story was leaked early with tons of conflicting "facts", so there's no reason to speculate on what's going to happen until someone legitimate comes out from MLB and says what's up. With that out of the way, Ramirez could prove to be quite the slugger in a Brewers lineup that has the ability to hit more than any other team. McGehee will end up being the reserve first and third baseman and has lots of room for improvement over last year. Odds are great that K-Rod will depart somewhere else, he accepted the guaranteed money knowing he'll have something to start 2012 with. Lots of good things, speculation stories notwithstanding, for the NL Central defending champs.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 6:45 pm
 

Aramis isn't Prince, but he should help Brewers

Yeah, signing the guy usually pushes a .900 OPS with a decent glove is a serious mistake.


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