This will be Ramirez’s 18th big-league season and his fourth with the Brewers. He spent the first five-and-a-half seasons of his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates and was traded to the Chicago Cubs in 2003. He played in Chicago until signing as a free agent with Milwaukee after the 2011 season. This is the last year of his four-year, $46 million.
Ramirez was voted an All-Star starter in 2014, his third All-Star appearance, and hit .285 with 15 homers and 66 RBI in 133 games. He spent time on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. He also missed 70 games in 2013 because of a knee injury.
Ramirez has hit at least 30 home runs four times and has seven seasons with at least 100 RBIs. He is a career .285 hitter, with 369 career home runs.
Ramirez, who will be 37 in June, debuted as a 19-year-old with the Pirates in 1998. He was a part of the 2003 Cubs team came within one win of reaching its first World Series since 1945.
- Phil Watson