Tag:Aramis Ramirez
Posted on: July 27, 2010 1:37 am
 

Cubs' Ramirez indicates he'll pick up option

Alternate headline for this item: "Duh"

Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez is batting .227. He has a player option for 2011 that allows him to choose to collect $14.6 million or walk away and take his chances.

Care to guess which one he's leaning toward?

''I want to stay here, but I've still got two months,'' he told the Chicago Sun-Times. ''I haven't talked to my agent about it. But everybody knows I want to stay here. I guess I'm staying here [in 2011].''

What a guy. Who says there's no such thing as loyalty in sports anymore?

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 9, 2010 10:49 am
 

Cubs selling, but is anyone buying?

Alfonso Soriano Anyone want overpriced, underperforming baseball players?

Well, the Chicago Cubs are having a sale and they hope everything will go.

The Chicago Tribune writes :
Several baseball sources have confirmed to us that the Cubs are ramping up their efforts in the trade market to start clearing the books of cumbersome salaries.

In addition, it is expected that the team's ownership will address the media soon to assess the club's direction, especially if the team continues to struggle before the trading deadline.

"It has been very difficult for the family and the team the first half of the season," Tom Ricketts told season ticket holders Thursday at Wrigley Field. "This is not where the family wanted to be in the first half of the season.
The problem is, who wants what the Cubs are selling?

• A .276/.348/.548 guy with 15 homers and 43 RBI sounds pretty good, except that he's a liability in any defensive position and he's under contract through 2014 at $18 million per year (and a full no-trade clause).

• A middle reliever with more than $30 million left on his contract and a reputation as somewhat of a hothead.

• A broken-down corner infielder due $14.6 million next season hitting .195/.254/.350 with nine homers and 30 RBI.

• How about an extra outfielder due $13.5 million next season who is hitting .259/.357/.429 with eight homers, 26 RBI and has been caught staking as many times as he's stolen a bag (four)?

• A decent starter (7-7, 3.61 ERA 120 strikeouts, 43 walks in 122 innings) who makes $13.5 million next season and has an option for $14 million in 2012.

• A former All-Star first baseman who has only what's left on his $13 million contract for this season, but is hitting .230/.327/.367 with 10 home runs and 36 RBI.

It's not all bad, though. There are guys other teams may want, like Ted Lilly (3-7, 3.76 ERA), who is a free agent after the season, but does have a no-trade clause. He's the most likely to be traded, because people actually want him.

Carlos Silva (9-2, 2.96) is having a great season, but has a checkered past and is owned $11.5 million next season and has a $12 mutual option for 2012.

Closer Carlos Marmol would bring a decent prospect in return, and Sean Marshall would also be worthy to many teams as a set-up man, but both are more valuable for the Cubs on the team than as a trade piece.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 25, 2010 12:20 pm
Edited on: June 25, 2010 1:51 pm
 

Roster move could cost Cubs player

Infielders Jeff Baker and Chad Tracy are in danger of being lost to the Cubs when Aramis Ramirez is activated from the disabled list prior to Friday's game, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

Both players are out of minor-league options, manager Lou Piniella said he's keeping the pitching staff at 12, and the club has said previously that rookie shortstop Starlin Castro was staying with the big-league club. That leaves either 29-year-old Baker (.250/.299/.417) or 30-year-old Tracy (.250/.327/.295) as odd man out to make room for Ramirez.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: Tracy was designated for assignment before Friday's game. The Cubs now have 10 days to trade, release or assign him to a minor league team (which would require him clearing irrevocable waivers).

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Posted on: June 9, 2010 5:48 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2010 5:50 pm
 

Cubs put Ramirez on DL, promote Tracy


The Cubs put third baseman Aramis Ramirez on the disabled list today, hoping some time off will allow his bruised left thumb to heal. The thumb has been bothering Ramirez -- who is batting just .168 -- for much of the season. He had sat out the past two games.

Taking his spot on the roster is infielder Chad Tracy, recalled from Triple-A Iowa. Tracy was with the Cubs early in the season and optioned out May 7. Since then he's been on a tear for Iowa, batting .396 in 26 games.

-- David Andriesen

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