Aramis Ramirez’s agent, Paul Kinzer, told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune that the third baseman likely would not waive his no-trade clause to facilitate leaving the Cubs.
Of course, it might be a moot point anyway, as Ramirez is making $14.6 million this season with a $16 million option or $2 million buyout for 2012.
Toss in his measly two homers and .394 slugging percentage in 52 games and it’s hard to imagine any contenders being interested unless the Cubs basically eat the entire contract.
Kinzer noted that Ramirez “took less years and less money to stay in Chicago, so that is definitely his first option.” However, that’s a bit of a moot point as well, since there’s zero chance of the Cubs picking up his $16 million option for next season anyway. Ramirez is all but certain to leave Chicago after the season, so the question is whether he’s willing to leave a couple months earlier.
Apparently not, although Kinzer did say that the Cubs haven’t broached the topic yet.