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08:17 AM ET 09.02 | If the Cubs want to keep Aramis Ramirez, they may need a general manager to help make a pitch. [The vacancy] could cost them the services of [Ramirez], according to his agent. "I am sure it is going to affect (negotiations) until I find out who is going to be running the show and where they intend to go," said Paul Kinzer, who was on his last day of a vacation in the Caribbean on Wednesday. "We have no idea where they are headed now. With Jim (Hendry, who was fired Aug. 19), I had a good idea. We would have been more likely to re-sign with them if Jim was here. It doesn't look like anything like that is going to happen. It has always been No. 1 for (Ramirez) to stay in Chicago, but he might see what's out there at this point."

Chicago Tribune

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September 2, 2011  08:23 AM ET

Hey, I don't think that's why there dropping!!!

September 2, 2011  08:23 AM ET

Why would the Cubs want to keep Ramirez?

September 2, 2011  08:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Why would the Cubs want to keep Ramirez?

He's having a decent year. But the Cubs are the Cubs so even if he stayed it might not help.

September 2, 2011  08:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Why would the Cubs want to keep Ramirez?

Zackly...he's not the kind of player they need right now. Cubs need to get rid of guys like him and get some young guys out there to rebuild.

September 2, 2011  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He's having a decent year. But the Cubs are the Cubs so even if he stayed it might not help.

He starts off horribly and settles in when there's nothing to play for. Not really a good year.

September 2, 2011  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

He starts off horribly and settles in when there's nothing to play for. Not really a good year.

**his average, HR and RBI are definitely respectable, don't get me wrong. However, the price he'll demand is not what this team needs, especially considering his recent trends in when his numbers come about in a season.

September 2, 2011  09:08 AM ET
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He's having a decent year. But the Cubs are the Cubs so even if he stayed it might not help.

Agreed. A. Ramirez is 33. Years 34-37 are not going to be as productive. This is where a good GM could help. Cubs need to be careful of overpaying in the face of potential criticism that that are letting one of their better players go.

September 2, 2011  10:24 AM ET

Time to rebuild the Cubs around their 2 young middle infielders, Castro and Barney.

September 2, 2011  10:51 AM ET

At 33 I'd let him walk away. Look at how much they still owe Soriano & the basket case Zambrano

September 2, 2011  11:04 AM ET
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At 33 I'd let him walk away. Look at how much they still owe Soriano & the basket case Zambrano

That Zambrano thing is a mess, I say cut the loses, the funny thing is he said he wants to stay with the Cubs.

September 2, 2011  11:42 AM ET
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That Zambrano thing is a mess, I say cut the loses, the funny thing is he said he wants to stay with the Cubs.

Yeah, that azzwipe can stay with the Scrubs.... as the jock washin laundry boy. Name one other WINNING organization would have put up with one-tenth of what the Scrubs/JIM HENDRY made his teammates and fans endure from this 7 year old masquerading as a "professional" athlete? Answer: NONE. Oh, wait, the Scrubs are NOT a winning organization. Nevermind.

September 2, 2011  11:50 AM ET

Ramirez is the type of player who will hit you a 2-run HR when you are already up or down by 7 in the bottom of the 8th (with the Cubs, most likely down)...yes, he gets his numbers but when does he get them when they actually count?

September 2, 2011  11:53 AM ET
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At 33 I'd let him walk away. Look at how much they still owe Soriano & the basket case Zambrano

Thats exactly right...Its funny how Ramirez' agent says "We would have been more likely to re-sign with them if Jim was here." Of course you would...who else would sign you to a big deal in the twilight of your career?? Oh yeah...Jim Hendry!!!!

September 2, 2011  12:13 PM ET
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Thats exactly right...Its funny how Ramirez' agent says "We would have been more likely to re-sign with them if Jim was here." Of course you would...who else would sign you to a big deal in the twilight of your career?? Oh yeah...Jim Hendry!!!!

yep.

September 2, 2011  12:13 PM ET

good. nothing against ARam, but cubs need to rebuild. makes no sense to throw money at an aging third baseman

September 2, 2011  01:22 PM ET

This might be agentspeak for, "My client doesn't want to be caught in the Cubs' dugout next season when Carlos Zambrano's giant, dysfunctional head finally explodes."

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September 2, 2011  02:26 PM ET
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That Zambrano thing is a mess, I say cut the loses, the funny thing is he said he wants to stay with the Cubs.

That's just spin. Every player says he wants to stay because that's what's expected. That way, if he does end up staying, there aren't bad feelings on the team or with the fans. If he leaves, he can spin it that he wanted to stay, but it just didn't work out...... especially if the current team makes a half hearted or non effort. Then the team has to explain why they didn't keep him.

September 2, 2011  08:41 PM ET

if ramirez would like to stay with the cubs, then he most sign two years/ 24 millions!!

 
September 3, 2011  03:51 AM ET

Ummm...what??? I'm with most everybody else here, why would the Cubs want to re-sign an aging one dimensional slugger? Let Ramirez walk, and rebuild with young guys who can play defense, run, steal, those kind of things. The Cubs too often go after big bats that can do little else, that is why it is 100+ years of futility. Hopefully, Mr. Ricketts will have figured that out.

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