Today may very well be Aramis Ramirez’s last game as a member of the Chicago Cubs. Although the team holds a 2012 option on Ramirez, he has the right to void that option, and he’s said he expects to become a free agent this Winter.
As the top free agent third baseman on the market, Ramirez will have his pick of many destinations. One of the first teams rumored to want to take a crack at Ramirez was the Florida (soon Miami) Marlins. Moving into a new stadium in 2012, the Marlins are expected to pursue a number of big name free agents to help improve attendance, and sources have indicated that one of those names is Aramis Ramirez.
But how does Ramirez feel about heading to Miami?
“Any Dominican player would be interested in playing in Miami,” Ramirez said when asked about the possibility of playing there in the future. “It’s the same kind of weather as we have in the Dominican and now with a new ballpark they have more revenue to add good players to their group of good young players.”
Ramirez added, “[The Marlins] already got better [by acquiring Guillen] …. I wouldn’t mind going there and playing.”
Speaking of Guillen, Ramirez sounds like quite a fan.
“Some people might not like Ozzie because he’s honest about his players in the media,” Ramirez said. “But here’s the bottom line: he’s a winner. He’s won before, and the reason he’s going to Florida is they want to win there and they think he’s the best answer.”
“I’ve never had a problem with any manager,” Ramirez continued. “I just go out there and do my work and play the game. But Ozzie’s a smart guy. He takes pressure off of his players by keeping the media busy with his quotes. Some people think he’s just talking about himself and for no reason. But he keeps the media busy and away from his players because, by the time he’s done, they have so much to write and talk about that they can’t wait to go upstairs and start transcribing what he told them.”
The Cubs will have five days after the end of the World Series to make a decision on Ramirez’s option for 2012 ($16 million, $2 million buyout).