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The agent for Aramis Ramirez told FOXSports.com that the Cubs third baseman does not intend to waive his no-trade protection before Sunday’s Trade Deadline. Ramirez told reporters after Thursday’s game against the Brewers that no one from the Cubs front office has approached him about any possible deals. He has 10-and-5 rights, and would have to approve any deal. Would he change his mind? “We’ll see,” Ramirez said.
Agent Paul Kinzer, however, gave a different version.
“He doesn’t want to go anywhere,” Kinzer told FOXsports.com after talking to Ramirez. “It didn’t come out the way he meant it to.”
As a player with 10 years in the big leagues and five with the same team, the third baseman can block any trade. He maintained two weeks ago that he didn’t want to leave Chicago because of his family. His conversation with reporters after Thursday’s game had a different tone — but his agent said “nothing has changed.”
“He said if they go young, he would do it,” Kinzer told FOXsports.com. “But he doesn’t want to leave Chicago. He isn’t going anywhere. ‘Ramy’ has never wavered as far as wanting to stay in Chicago. If he had his way, he would sign an extension and stay right there.”
Ramirez’s contract with the Cubs ends this year, and the team has a $16 million option for 2012. That option would become guaranteed if he is traded. Kinzer said Ramirez would want the option dropped as a condition of any trade, enabling him to become a free agent at the end of the season.
– Carrie Muskat
Aramis Ramirez has maintained that he doesn’t want to leave the Cubs but on Thursday, he said no one from the front office has asked the third baseman if he’d be willing to accept a trade and didn’t say he’d reject one.
“We’ll see,” Ramirez said.
After Wednesday’s game, Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano said the Cubs needed to make some changes for next season. The team dropped to 42-63 following Thursday’s 4-2 loss to the Brewers.
“When you’re 20 games under .500, there are going to be changes,” Ramirez said. “Something’s not right. You can’t point to anything — you can’t point to the pitching, offense, defense. I guess that’s the [general manager's] and the front office’s job. Of course there will be changes because we haven’t played the way we’d like to. We’re 21 games under .500 so there are going to be changes.”
The Cubs took the first step before Thursday’s game when they dealt outfielder Kosuke Fukudome to the Indians for two Minor League players and called up Tyler Colvin. Ramirez is a 10-and-5 player, and can veto any deal. Now that he agrees with the concept of change, has he changed his mind?
“Nobody has come forward to me from the team to say, ‘We want to trade you,’ or this or that,” Ramirez said. “It’s only [discussed] in the media.
“Nobody has talked to me about if I’m wiling to waive my no-trade clause,” he said. “It’s only in the media speculation that ‘This team wants Ramirez’ or the other team. Coming from the guys upstairs, the people who make the decision, I haven’t heard from anybody.”
So, would he be willing to be traded?
“Nobody wants me, man,” Ramirez said. “They want good players. Nobody wants me. They come to me with a trade, we’ll see, but nobody has talked to me about it.”
There probably are a few teams who would be interested in a third baseman who is batting .293 for the season, and nine homers and 22 RBIs this month. But Ramirez recently said he wanted to stay in Chicago because of his family.
“That’s not a secret,” Ramirez said. “Everybody knows that. But I also understand this is a business. I don’t know which way they want to go. If they’re looking to rebuild, I can’t fit in. We’ll see.”
– Carrie Muskat
FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal wrote Monday that the Angels are interested in Aramis Ramirez but that the Cubs third baseman is “adamant” he doesn’t want to leave Chicago. Ramirez is a 5-and-10 player, and has the right to veto a trade. He’s also in the last year of his contract with the Cubs. If he is traded, his $16 million option for 2012 would kick in. Ramirez is on a hot streak, batting .368 with 20 runs, three doubles, 10 homers and 18 RBIs in his last 20 games since June 24. Ramirez has said since Spring Training that he would not likely waive his no trade option because he doesn’t want to relocate his family.
– Carrie Muskat
The trade deadline is July 31 but it was a topic posed to some Cubs players after Monday’s 7-3 win over the Rockies. Will the Cubs be buyers or sellers? Aramis Ramirez said the front office will do what’s best for the team.
“We haven’t been healthy,” Ramirez said. “Right now we’re playing better but we’re missing Marlon Byrd and [Darwin] Barney [who are on the DL].”
Pitcher Matt Garza ignores the talk.
“I know what my job is and that’s to pitch and get outs,” he said. “None of that stuff concerns me. If my name gets called, it gets called. I’m just going to keep going out there and keep pitching.”
Carlos Pena has been red-hot lately. Maybe he’ll draw interest? He doesn’t think about such things.
“Not at all,” Pena said. “I’m a Cub. I don’t even look that far ahead. In my mind, I’m a Cub until the end.”
Does he feel the Cubs can still make a run in the NL Central?
“We still have faith in this ballclub,” Pena said. “Everyone here believes we can do it. We undrstand we need to play today’s game today. I think we’re playing great baseball in the last few weeks. Now we have to make the sure the tight ballgames go our way.”
– Carrie Muskat
* Cody Ross really wanted to stay with the Marlins. Now, after Chris Coghlan tore his MCL while celebrating on Sunday, Ross may seemingly get his wish, which would deprive the trade market of a valuable outfielder.