Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez accepts $14 million mutual option

Monday November 3rd, 2014

Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez accepted his half of the 2015 mutual option on his contract, the team announced Monday.

Milwaukee exercised its option, worth $14 million, for Ramirez on Friday. Ramirez had three days to accept or decline the offer.

Ramirez just completed his third season with the team, hitting .285 with 15 home runs and 66 RBI. He earned his third All-Star selection last season, despite seeing a decline in power numbers across the board.

Ramirez helped Milwaukee surge to a 53-43 record at the All-Star Break, but the team faltered down the stretch, finishing 82-80 and eight games back of the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central.

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Milwaukee has been active this offseason, exercising a $13 million club option for 2015 for starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo and declining an option on second baseman Rickie Weeks. Weeks’ vesting option became a club option after Weeks failed to reach enough plate appearances this season.

The team also acquired first baseman Adam Lind in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays last weekend.

Ramirez, 36, is a career .285 hitter with 369 home runs and 1,342 RBI in 16 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee.

- Scooby Axson

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