Just a few days after meeting with Chicago Cubs’ management and passing along the message that he would not be accepting a trade this year, Cubs’ third baseman Aramis Ramirez is now strongly hinting that he might accept a trade after all.
“Nobody wants me, man,” Ramirez said after Thursday’s 4-2 loss to the Brewers. “They want good players. If they come to me with a trade, we’ll see. But nobody has talked to me about it.”
He added that, “I understand it’s a business. If they’re looking to rebuild, I can’t fit in. So we’ll see.”
Obviously, Ramirez agreeing to accept a trade would be huge news, not only because it represents a stark change in his stance, but also because he could be the most valuable bat available on the trade market. Considering Carlos Beltran netted the Mets a top 35 prospect, feel free to let your imagination wander about what Ramirez could bring in.
It could well be that Ramirez was simply speaking out of frustration about a series sweep and after undoubtedly being hounded by questions about his desire to remain in Chicago. I’m sure there will be much more on this later.