Report: Braves making run at Aramis Ramirez

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A source close to the Braves organization told Talking Chop that the Braves have pulled an offer to 18th-round pick Zach Alvord in order to save money and make a run at Aramis Ramirez to step in for Chipper Jones at third base.
The source said that Ramirez has yet to be placed on waivers, but that the Braves have talked to the Cubs about a potential deal. Ramirez is making $15.75 million this year and has a $14.6 million player option for 2011.
It’d seem like a huge commitment for the Braves to make unless they have assurances that Ramirez will opt for free agency. They’re already committed to paying Chipper Jones $13 million next season, though there’s the chance Chipper could retire or renegotiate his deal.
Alvord, a shortstop out of a Georgia high school, was expected to get second-round money from the Braves. The two sides were believed to have agreed to terms, but the Braves couldn’t complete the signing because of MLB’s reluctance to approve above-slot contracts in advance of the signing deadline.

St Louis Cards announcer McLaughlin arrested on DWI charge

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ST. LOUIS – Cardinals television announcer Dan McLaughlin was charged Monday as a persistent offender of driving while intoxicated, a day after he was arrested in suburban St. Louis.

Bond was set at $25,000, the Creve Coeur Police Department said.

“We have been made aware that Dan McLaughlin was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated on Sunday night. We are very disappointed to hear this, and are working to gather additional information before offering further comment,” the Cardinals and Bally Sports said in a statement.

The 48-year-old McLaughlin has been a Cardinals broadcaster for more than two decades. He has also done NFL games for Fox.

Police said McLaughlin was stopped Sunday and arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated.