Ramirez met with suitors’ skippers
Free agent third baseman Aramis Ramirez has met in person with Angels manager Mike Scioscia and Brewers manager Ron Roenicke since the end of the season, according to a baseball source, and those two teams, plus one other, remained in the running Wednesday for the 33-year-old Silver Slugger.
Ramirez is seeking a three-year deal and wants to play for a contender. He views both the Angels and Brewers as a fit, though Milwaukee’s advantage is that he could remain in the National League Central.
But both clubs’ pursuit of Ramirez remained somewhat complicated on Wednesday afternoon.
The Angels are also courting free agent left-hander C.J. Wilson, and their chances to land him may have improved Wednesday when another Wilson suitor, the Marlins, reached a four-year deal with fellow free agent lefty Mark Burhrle.
The Brewers, meanwhile, were in a holding pattern until they received word whether free agent reliever Francisco Rodriguez would accept their offer of arbitration. Rodriguez earned $13.5 million last season, and if he accepts by the 11 p.m. CT deadline, it would have a dramatic effect on the Brewers’ ability to address their other offseason needs.
Milwaukee already has third base options in right-handed hitter Casey McGehee and left-handed rookie Taylor Green, but Ramirez could help address the potential loss of free agent first baseman Prince Fielder. Ramirez would be a strong candidate to bat clean-up in Fielder’s place.
Agent Paul Kinzer informed the Cubs that he would decline their offer of arbitration. He is a Type B free agent, so he will not cost his new team a Draft pick.
– Adam McCalvy