I take Aramis Ramirez’s claim that he’s ‘probably’ played his last game at Wrigley Field with a grain of salt.
If anything, Ramirez and his agent, Paul Kinzer, are posturing for a new deal with Chicago, likely in the area of three to four more years, knowing the Cubs are without a viable option to fill his departure at third base.
Although Aramis appears peeved with the Cubs front office in a state of flux, he’s clearly the top-billing for free agent third basemen entering the offseason.
That alone should keep Ramirez patient enough to see who Ricketts hires as his new GM, and what offer, if any, is presented to him following the season.
Going the free agent route to replace Ramirez is hardly an option for the Cubs. The 2012 F.A. class is mostly a mix of washed-up veterans and journeymen including: Wilson Betemit KC, Casey Blake LAD, Eric Chavez NYY, Mark DeRosa SF, Greg Dobbs PHI, Edwin Encarnacion TOR, Wes Helms FLA, Melvin Mora ARI & Miguel Tejada.