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Aramis Ramirez to Cubs, “I can’t be here for a rebuilding process”

Posted By Kamil Kolodziejski On Sep 23 2011 @ 11:16 pm In Chicago Cubs | 2 Comments

CHICAGO – Aramis Ramirez has decided to test the free agency market after the season seeking a multi-year deal. Currently, the Chicago Cubs have the option to pay $16 million next season to Ramirez if he decides to stay. Ramirez though, is looking for a team that can compete so that he can play for a contender for a couple more years.

Aramis’ agent Paul Kinzer told the Chicago Tribune, “The door is still open, but at this point, we’ll explore free agency…If [the Cubs] want to make an offer, they’ll be on his short list.”

The departure of GM Jim Hendry created an uncertain future, so Aramis knew he would become a free agent in the offseason. Aramis said, “It looked that way, because of the situation in the front office…I knew it wasn’t a good [possibility] because we don’t have a GM, and we haven’t heard from [the Cubs] the whole time. I knew nothing was going to come of it.”


Mike Quade's future with the Cubs depends on what the new GM will do (Dilip Vishwanat - Getty Images)

The Chicago Cubs are currently in the process of rebuilding their franchise. The biggest question is who will the Cubs hire as their new GM, and if a new manager will be hired or will Mike Quade stay.

The uncertainty of the Cubs future is causing Aramis to look elsewhere for a team rather than stay with the Cubs. “I can’t be here for a rebuilding process,” says Aramis. “I’m not that kind of player. I’m 33, I don’t know how much longer I want to be playing. It’s hard to win, but you have to be able to compete, and that’s what I want to do.”

The Chicago Cubs have bounced back from disappointing seasons in the past. After a 96-loss season in 2006, the Cubs went on to win the NL Central division in 2007. That offseason, the Cubs were in a rebuilding process as well. The Cubs hired new manager Lou Piniella, inked Alfonso Soriano to an eight-year $136 million contract, and signed Mark DeRosa to a three-year $13 million contract.


Aramis wants to compete and win

Aramis is not sure how many years he will be playing, but he wants to play for a playoff contending team. Aramis said, “We have to wait and see what the Cubs want to do first…This is my priority to stay here. Like I said, they have to show me they’re going to be better. That’s the bottom line.”

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