Brewers To Sign 3B Aramis Ramirez To Three-Year Contract
The Milwaukee Brewers will sign free-agent third baseman Aramis Ramirez to a three-year contract, a source has told ESPN.com.
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 Brewers were reportedly interested in adding a power bat due to the potential loss of Prince Fielder to free agency, and Ryan Braun to a major PED suspension.
The Los Angeles Angels, Chicago Cubs, and Philadelphia Phillies were also reportedly interested in his services. 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 to declare for free-agency.