Report: Aramis Ramirez Visits With Angels, Offer Expected
Free-agent Aramis Ramirez visited with the Los Angeles Angels this week and will likely receive an offer from the club soon, according to a tweet from Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
Ramirez, 33, had a bounce back year in 2011 by hitting .306/.361/.510 with 26 home runs and 93 RBI in 149 games for the Chicago Cubs. The Angels are reportedly looking for an upgrade from Alberto Callaspo who served primarily as the team’s third baseman last year. While Callaspo led the Angels in hitting (.288), his versatility allows him to play elsewhere in the infield if needed.
The Angels are attempting to attain power this Winter through free-agency, they also are reportedly interested in free-agent first baseman Albert Pujols.
Ramirez, a two-time All-Star, has a career 162 game average of .284/.342/.500 with 30 home runs and 108 RBIs. The veteran third baseman just finished a five-year $75 million contract with the Cubs, which paid him $14.6 million in 2011. Chicago picked up their half of a mutual 2012 option for Ramirez that would have paid the slugger $16 million in 2012, however Ramirez opted to turn down the option and declare for free-agency.