Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez is on the Los Angeles Angels’ wish list, but, as of now, he is unwilling to approve any trade, according to his agent, Paul Kinzer.
However, Ramirez’s stance could change once his wife and children return to the Dominican Republic for the start of school, something that probably will not occur until August, according to Kinzer.
“I don’t see it happening,” Kinzer said of a deal before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. “When his family goes back, and his kids go back to school, that could possibly loosen it up.
“As of now, he has no interest. He loves Chicago. He always wanted to finish his career there.”
Ramirez, 33, could be traded in August only if he clears waivers or the Cubs work out a deal with a deal that claimed him — and only if he waives his right to reject a trade as a player with 10 years of service, five with the same club.
The Cubs sent first baseman Derrek Lee to the Atlanta Braves last August after Lee cleared waivers and waived his no-trade protection. Ramirez’s situation is more complex: His $16 million option for 2012 would become guaranteed, and he would receive a $1 million assignment bonus if he were traded.
Kinzer, however, indicated that Ramirez would want his option dropped as a condition of the trade, a stipulation that would enable him to become a free agent at the end of the season. The New York Yankees made a similar concession for first baseman Lance Berkman to gain his approval for a trade from the Houston Astros last July.
Ramirez’s desire to forfeit his $16 million option probably would make him more attractive to potential suitors, Kinzer said.
“Most teams wouldn’t have a problem with that,” Kinzer said. “They would be renting a player for the rest of the season. That’s all stuff we’d have to look at.”
Ramirez is batting .300 with a .346 on-base percentage and .504 slugging average. He has hit 15 of his 16 homers since May 29.
— Ken Rosenthal