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Tuesday, August 14th, 2018



Here’s a big, steaming pile of crap from the Daily Herald’s Barry Rozner. How would he fix the Cubs? Trade their best offensive player in 2007.

Many of their contracts are unmovable, and Alfonso Soriano’s deal is on that list, but the one they might be able to unload is the four years and $62 million remaining on the contract of Aramis Ramirez.

The third baseman is overrated defensively, moves only when it seems to suit him, has taken to running out fewer and fewer groundballs and deep flies, and, as you witnessed last week, is a selfish situational hitter.

Rozner used to write crap like this about Sosa all the time. Which is funny because Rozner mentions Sosa throughout the column.

His suggestion? Move Ramirez and sign A-Rod. Genius!

  • Schmidty

    Awful. I’m not the president of the Ramirez fan club, but I really like him as a hitter. He doesn’t strike out a WHOLE lot for a power-hitter, and hits for a decent average. I also like his approach as a hitter…he’ll try to drive the ball up the middle and use the entire park as opposed to trying to pull everything he sees. I think both D-Lee and Ramirez are similar in that respect, and that’s what makes them good hitters. They both had terrible playoffs, but in my opinion, this team needs a LEADER as opposed to making wholesale changes. They need a decent player who’ll be a bit of a rah-rah type when needed and get guys motivated any way he needs to. I think this team suffered too much from being a bunch of quiet “nice guys” who, because of their personal nature, fans didn’t think they cared. Zambrano is too crazy to fit that role, and Lilly is too quiet. I can’t think of a position player other than maybe Jason Kendall or Cliff Floyd who could do that, but they both sucked and guys who aren’t starting or playing well have trouble adjusting to a leadership role. Anyway, that’s MHO. :)

  • http://www.windycitysportsblog.com WindyCitySportsBlog.com

    I swear the Daily Herald (more specifically, Mike Imrem) journalists write this stuff just to get attention away from the Sun-Times and Tribune. Imrem’s column about moving Wrigley to Arlington Race Track was just one example of this type of debauchery.

    Ramirez does dog it out most of the time, but a .310 average, 26 home runs, and 101 RBI’s is not the type of player you just move. A .351 average in July and .301 average in August. Hmm? In terms of being overrated defensively, how about his .972 fielding percentage (best in his career) and only 10 errors at a hot corner? I’ve watched this guy bail the Cubs out of many situations at 3B and rarely ever makes a throwing error despite firing it like Dunston. Personally, I think his defense is underrated, considering the Cubs could never find a solid third baseman.

    A selfish situational hitter? Does Rozner remember his game winning homerun off of Cordero that probably was the most defining hit of the year and changed the Cubs outlook for a playoff run and a win of a series against the untouchable Brewers? Blasphemy. Everyone struggled in the playoffs at the plate, not just him.

  • dhaab

    Well, if anyone would know steaming piles of crap… :)

    In Rozners defense, I would say Ramirez has very few great seasons left in that body. His trade value is as high as it will ever be right now. But then, I’m just a Cardinals fan with grade school education, so what the hell do I know.

  • http://allonthefield.blogspot.com Kevin

    Yep, that would be brilliant. Get rid of a $15 million per year contract and add a $25 million per year contract. I’m not an accountant, but it makes plenty of sense to me.

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