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From one extreme to another – if the Chicago Cubs are not able to trade Aramis Ramirez this or next month, it will be time to strongly consider bringing him back for 2012. They can do so via a $16 million club option, or by signing him to an extension. For his part, Ramirez could be on board sticking in Chicago for a while yet.

“I’ve been here eight years,” Ramirez said Tuesday. “Everybody knows I’ve always liked playing here. I would love to stay here. This is where I want to be.”

With the Cubs’ lack of run producers in the minor leagues at third base, exploring a two or three-year deal for Ramirez is a plausible scenario. Ramirez said “of course” a multiyear deal would be all right with him.

“I don’t know how long I want to play,” Ramirez said. “But I want to win, so I probably will give myself a little more time. But I’d like to do it here with the Cubs.” ESPN Chicago.

The fact that Ramirez is willing to sign an extension with the Cubs doesn’t mean the Cubs should bite. As one of the premier bats on the market (assuming he does become a free agent after this season – i.e., if the Cubs decline his $16 million 2012 option), Ramirez is likely to get a multiyear deal for, perhaps, more than he’s worth each year. A three year, $40 to 45 million contract is not inconceivable.

Ramirez is going to turn 34 next year. Do you really believe a 34/35/36 year-old Aramis Ramirez is the best use of $15 million in payroll over the next few years? Allow me to editorialize: he’s not. At all. It’s totally the wrong direction for this franchise, even if they will have to flounder for a year or two to find a replacement at third base.

That money can be better spent on a preeminent first baseman or starting pitcher, while some young guys like Ryan Flaherty, DJ LeMahieu, Josh Vitters, and, yes, even Blake DeWitt, get a shot to win the position.

  • MichiganGoat

    There is a ridiculous amount of double speak coming from the Ramirez camp. They appear to be trying to impress everybody without taking a stance or a position. I can’t blame him for wanting a big payday and choosing where he finishes his career, but I am not impressed by this pandering. If he’d sign a 2yr 18-20M contract I’d be okay but he is looking for a 3/40 as a starting point. He is hoping the Cubs bite and give him that contract before he cools off (and he will all players can go though hot/cold periods), simple business strategies should apply here sell high don’t buy high.

  • EQ

    I’d say a 2-year / $24 million deal would be fair.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Fair, definitely. Still a bad idea for the Cubs? Probably.

      • MichiganGoat

        The most I can consider is 2/20, but Ramirez knows he’s worth more on the open market.

  • miggy80

    I think this clears up some of the “what the family wants” talk. It sounds like to me his family wants to come back to Chicago each summer and not that Aramis wants to miss the chance to be with them only six days (I think was counted), so he says that he would accept a trade after his family leaves in August when it would be harder to trade him just to fuck with JIm.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Interesting theory. If he didn’t want to be traded, though, he’s got the right to just say no to any deal. I doubt he’d go through all the rigamarole just to screw with Hendry. Though it would be a little humorous.

      • miggy80

        It is kind of funny to think he would go through the mumbo jumbo just to mess with Jimbo. hehehe

    • Jeff

      Just a thought, but if he doesn’t want to leave Chicago, isn’t there some other team that plays pretty close to there? You know that team with a loudmouth Latino manager and a GM who would trade his grandmother, I can’t seem to think of the name of that “other” team. Do you think he’d waive his NTC to play across town?

  • http://BleacherNation Ramy16

    Great post Ace!..Sign him to an extension

    • MichiganGoat

      Just curious what kind of an extension would you sign him to?

  • die hard

    Would White Sox be interested in any of our over paid over the hill players which would at least allow them to stay in Chicago and hopefully continue to bolster Chicago’s economy by spending their non earned millions here…..?

  • Joyce K

    And I wouldn’t mind extensions in my hair but it doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. I think the Exit sign is calling him like now.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Ha. Nice.

  • Corey

    If you could convince Soriano to renegotiate his last 3 yrs at half off given his decline, you could give Ramirez 3/36 and not feel absolutely disgusted at the end of the day. It’s not ideal, but it is Chicago.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      The MLPA doesn’t allow players to give up money like that. The Cubs and Soriano have a contract, Soriano is entitled to X dollars, and he’s going to get them, one way or another.

    • MichiganGoat

      This will never happen, the player union would not favor it and Soriano is not going to give up 27M. The best case would be we trade him and only eat 30M, his contract is that bad.

  • DaveB23

    Why would anyone want to renegotiate receiving $18 million every year for the next 3 years in return for doing absolutely nothing?

  • oso

    No not Blake Dewitt.

  • Toosh

    The Tigers just DFA’d Inge. Another Hendry “favorite”. Look out!

    • MichiganGoat

      And now the Tigers need a 3B, maybe something is in the works.

  • Toosh

    They traded for Betemit from KC. They might not be interested in A-(Hole)Ram any more.

    • MichiganGoat

      Damn

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      KC got a pretty decent return for Betemit, which adds to my thinking on how much ARam could return.

      • MichiganGoat

        It should increase the Angels interest among others.

  • Toosh

    I’m thinking Hendry won’t trade Ramirez, using his “he’s part of the future of the team” line.

    • MichiganGoat

      Well that will make a couple of posters very happy.

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