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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.”
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 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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