Aramis Ramirez will not be signing a new contract with the Chicago Cubs this off-season according to his agent Paul Kinzer. Kinzer met with the media on Monday at the GM Meetings and said there is no chance that Ramirez would re-sign with the Cubs. When asked about Ramirez re-signing with the Cubs, Kinzer said, “that ship has sailed” and added, “We have a lot of interest in Aramis from different teams but the Cubs will not be one of them.”
Aramis Ramirez is looking to sign a three to four-year contract with a new team and is looking for a ring. Aramis Ramirez and his agent consider the now former Cub the best third baseman on the free agent market. Ramirez put together a misleading season and finished with a .306/.361/.510/.871 line with 35 doubles and 26 home runs. Ramirez was awarded with the first Silver Slugger Award of his career.
Paul Kinzer voiced his displeasure with the comments Bob Brenly made about Ramirez following the season.
“I’m not real happy about the stuff that came out negative about Aramis. For a broadcaster to come out and say that, I think is very low class. We didn’t come out and say a word about it but that bothered Aramis and it bothered me a lot. If [Brenly] had something to say to him, he should’ve said it to his face when he was a Cub and not when he hits free agency and then come out like that. You can talk to Jim Hendry, Lou Piniella, Dusty Baker and if this guy isn’t a producer and he was as bad as he said, and not a clutch hitter — they don’t give Silver Sluggers out to punch-and-Judy hitters. If he had a personal problem with him, he should’ve come to Aramis or I instead of trying to destroy him in the media. That bothered me a lot.”
Kinzer said everyone with the Cubs’ front office was very good to Aramis during his tenure and did not understand Brenly’s comments.
Paul Kinzer also represents Geovany Soto, Carlos Marmol and Starlin Castro and will reportedly meet with the Cubs brass about his other clients later in the week.
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