It was an exciting 24 hours, but the odds of Aramis Ramirez being traded to the Atlanta Braves is approximately 0 to 1. Or 0 to 1,000,000. Whichever seems more unlikely to you.
You can forget about any of those rumors that have third baseman Aramis Ramirez going to Atlanta to replace the injured Chipper Jones. Cubs people were quick to dismiss them.
Ramirez, who has 10-and-5 rights and no-trade protection, holds an option on next year’s contract, and he has indicated he will exercise it. He has had a down year at the plate, much of it because of injury, and there might not be much of a market for him.
On top of that, if Ramirez were to be traded, an option for 2012 kicks in, making him a cost-prohibitive option for most teams. Daily Herald.
As I said yesterday, the deal would have made little sense from the Cubs’ perspective, unless they are going into a full rebuild. There is no third baseman ready to go in the Cubs’ system, and Blake DeWitt doesn’t have a big league bat at third. Throw in the fact that Jim Hendry has said the Cubs will not rebuild next year, and you’ve got a highly unlikely trade scenario that just got an obvious back of the hand.