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    Aramis Ramirez leaving for FA

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    Re: Aramis Ramirez leaving for FA

    time to go he'd give you numbers but he's just not the type of vet that you build a winner around.

    If they could sign Fielder and a couple pitchers I think this team could become youthfull and contend right away.


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    Re: Aramis Ramirez leaving for FA

    I hate to see him leave as I think he's been one of our most consistent players over the last 10 years. He is getting some age on him however and the Cubs have been burned a lot signing middle age players to long term contracts.

    He's been a great Cub and will miss him.



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    Re: Aramis Ramirez leaving for FA

    Torn. He's had some great years/moments in Chicago. He was the answer at 3B that we lacked for a long, long time.

    At the same time, he's aging. Does he want more years than we're willing to give?


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    Re: Aramis Ramirez leaving for FA

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyforce View Post
    time to go he'd give you numbers but he's just not the type of vet that you build a winner around.

    If they could sign Fielder and a couple pitchers I think this team could become youthfull and contend right away.
    From what I've read, I don't know if Epstein's going after either Pujols or Fielder. He's been talking about quality up the middle. We have Castro at SS (don't think he's looking to move him to 2nd either, although Reyes would be an interesting target for me. Think of all those hits at the top with Reyes and Castro). That leaves behind the plate, 2nd (Ian Kinsler anybody??) and CF.

    This year's crop of starters in free agency is not good. Next year is much, much deeper.

    With ARam gone...for the OP, I'm torn on the news, other than Castro and Soriano's contract, this team is in full rebuild mode.

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    1st (unless they bring Pena back.. Nice glove, and pop. HUGE swing hole)
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    Manager

    Won't talk pitching, because typing all this out on my phone is taking forever



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    Re: Aramis Ramirez leaving for FA

    Quote Originally Posted by enisthemenace View Post
    From what I've read, I don't know if Epstein's going after either Pujols or Fielder. He's been talking about quality up the middle. We have Castro at SS (don't think he's looking to move him to 2nd either, although Reyes would be an interesting target for me. Think of all those hits at the top with Reyes and Castro). That leaves behind the plate, 2nd (Ian Kinsler anybody??) and CF.

    This year's crop of starters in free agency is not good. Next year is much, much deeper.

    With ARam gone...for the OP, I'm torn on the news, other than Castro and Soriano's contract, this team is in full rebuild mode.

    Needs:

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    2nd (I like Barney, but not everyday)
    1st (unless they bring Pena back.. Nice glove, and pop. HUGE swing hole)
    CF
    RF
    Manager

    Won't talk pitching, because typing all this out on my phone is taking forever
    I'd hope they address the manager need as a priority. I'm not sure we have anyone on the roster who fits the player/manager role real well. Big Z maybe? Boot a routine grounder, get your *** kicked.



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    Re: Aramis Ramirez leaving for FA

    Going to miss his offense, but his defense was outright atrocious and painful to watch. At his age I can't see signing him to more than a 1 or 2 year deal, so it's probably the right time for him to go.

    I think at this stage he'd be better suited to go to the AL where he could DH at least part time.



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    Re: Aramis Ramirez leaving for FA

    Quote Originally Posted by Clonefan32 View Post
    I'd hope they address the manager need as a priority. I'm not sure we have anyone on the roster who fits the player/manager role real well. Big Z maybe? Boot a routine grounder, get your *** kicked.
    You're right...there hasn't been a leader in that clubhouse for years. Need to start buliding from within. The Cubs need a Jeter (notice I said "a" Jeter, not "the" Jeter).



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    Re: Aramis Ramirez leaving for FA

    It is what it is. The Cubs will struggle for a couple more years with or without him.



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    Re: Aramis Ramirez leaving for FA

    Who's out in FA for 3rd basemen other than Aramis?


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