Brewers agree to three-year deal with Aramis Ramirez

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Milwaukee may not have Ryan Braun for the first 50 games of 2012, but it looks like there will still be a right-handed slugger in the middle of the Brewers’ lineup.

Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that the Brewers have agreed to a three-year contract with Aramis Ramirez, pending a physical exam.

Milwaukee has been linked to Ramirez for weeks now as a middle-of-the-lineup replacement for Prince Fielder, although there was some speculation that Francisco Rodriguez accepting arbitration could have eaten up the payroll space necessary to sign Ramirez.

He won’t be able to fully replace Fielder’s production, of course, but Ramirez is coming off a very good season and has posted an OPS above .850 in seven of the past eight years. He hit .306 with 26 homers and an .871 OPS in 149 games this year, while Fielder batted .299 with 38 homers and a .981 OPS.

Ramirez declined the Cubs’ arbitration offer, so they’ll receive a supplemental first-round pick for him signing elsewhere.

UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com confirms the deal and says it’s expected to be worth $34-37 million.

UPDATE II: Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that the deal includes a mutual option for a fourth year.

Report: Glen Perkins will retire from baseball

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According to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, Twins GM Thad Levine told 1390 Granite City Sports that reliever Glen Perkins will retire.

Perkins, 34, has battled shoulder injuries over the last two years, limiting him to a total of 7 2/3 innings between 2016-17. His decision doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the circumstances. The Twins declined his $6.5 million club option back in October, making him a free agent.

Across parts of 12 seasons, all with the Twins, Perkins compiled a 3.88 ERA with 120 saves and a 504/158 K/BB ratio in 624 1/3 innings. He ranked among baseball’s best closers from 2013-15, racking up 102 of those saves with a 3.08 ERA. The lefty made the American League All-Star team in each of those three seasons.