Kinzer On Ramirez, Capps, Lindsay

Agent Paul Kinzer confirmed to reporters today that Aramis Ramirez won’t re-sign with the Cubs. Here are the details plus more notes from the exchange (all links go to Twitter):

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  1. LUWahooNatFan 4 years ago

    Capps for Ramos… what a steal by Rizzo

    • Craig Carlton 4 years ago

      And blundery as the trade was predicated by the fact that oodles of Money had been committed to an amazing Hitter not as of yet HURT Mauer.   But only in hindsight.  It did make sense as a trade, initially.

      Although it could have gone the other way as a result of Mr. Ramos’ recent incareration against his will!!!! thank fake god he’s ok.

      • start_wearing_purple
        start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

        As I recall everyone was curious as to why Ramos wasn’t traded for something better.

  2. Craig Carlton 4 years ago

    I wish the Sox would go after Capps.   He’s young and good and he lost his job to a stud in the making in Washington.  I think he’s a definite upside guy even if you have to pay a bit more than he might get were it not for Mr. Paps.

  3. Take it from a Twins fans, you don’t want Capps.  Until he proves he can throw effectively without throwing a fastball over the heart of the plate, he’s a sell

  4. Fols 4 years ago

    Capps was a terrible last year in Minnesota, careful what you wish for.

  5. john12121212 4 years ago

    Oh lord, here we go AA again, rausch 2.1, Capps ia awful. Every time I watched him last year he was throwing fat pitches! But AA likes cheap contracts. *shrug*

    • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

      Capps is a Type A free agent, absolutely no way they look in on him if he’s offered arb.

      • comish4lif 4 years ago

        I’d be surprised if the Twins offered him arbitration. Unless they are close to agreeing to an incentive laden deal by the non-tender date.


  7. Gotta love how it’s gone from “Jays have interest in ________” to agents saying “I expect the Jays will have interest in my client.” 

    • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

      with AA’s tight lip policy, jays are easy targets for agents to get names involved especially since AA doesnt deny or confirm anything 

      • Exactly.  Though it’s getting silly when agents start saying they EXPECT attention.

  8. If Marcel Lachemann liked him at one time, then I like him too!
    Shane Lindsay sounds like a very interesting player, the Orioles should take notice. I luv them Aussies. Orioles should go down under rather than the Dominican, they have some decent pitchers. East Coast Bias what say you, should the Orioles be interested here?

  9. Omazing 4 years ago

    Will Aramis Ramirez be introducing the Orioles new logo tomorrow? Strange Double-D hasn’t leaked a bit of O’s info (probably for the best) but It would be smashing to see a Free Agent major league player introduced w/ the new look O’s.

    • Oh Good Gravy Man…. No to Aramis Ramirez! The Orioles have enough bad contracts: Kevin Gregg, Brian Roberts….Ramirez wants 4 years… surely he jests!

      Honestly, an Adam Jones for Hanley Ramirez trade intrigues me!

  10. tucker1980 4 years ago

    And where would Aramis fit in the blue Jays diamond? Lawrie sticks a 3rd, EE and Lind will platoon 1st and DH (probably with Thames). I can’t see AA throwing 50M at Ramirez on a 4 years deal… not worth it at all.

  11. Craig Carlton 4 years ago

    I think you are all wrong about Capps.  He’s going to be a steal this year, whoever gets him.  As long as he’s THE CLOSER 100% he will dominate once again.  He was even BETTER when he came over to Minnesota in the trade that sent Ramos and he was very good in Washington, He was almost perfect in MN.  Then Nathan comes back in 2011 and the closer role is up in the air, especially in the mind of the guy that has been closing for over a year now back to his pre-2009 years numbers. He was really good in Pittsburgh, save 2009.  There must be a reason beyond he sucks that he had a bad 2009. He was good before and much better after and then not as good again. He just needs to “GET” the role back 100% and he will close games at an almost elite level.   As I mentioned earlier he is ONLY NOT in Washington closing for them still because Washington knew what they had in Storen ($$, years) and could trade him for Ramos.  Lets not forget he was TRADED for Ramos.  He’s 28 ALL next season and should bounce nicely in 2012.

    • cyberboo 4 years ago

      Really.  Jon Rauch was a better closer in 2011 for Toronto than Capps was in Minnesota.  68% to 62% save percentage.  If you want to know who was the worst closer used by 30 teams in major league baseball, you only have to look at the bottom of the list, with no one worse than Capps was. Even Kevin Gregg and Jeremy Accardo were better than him and Accardo was so bad that they DFA’d him.  lol.   If Capps can become even a decent reliever again at 1M a season, he might be a flyer to a team that doesn’t lose their first round pick for him.  He needs to go back to the NL, where he at least enjoyed some success.  The American league ate him alive and even the buzzards didn’t have anything left to pick at. lol.   

      • johnsmith4 4 years ago

        Kinzer to AA: “Capps will be an upgrade over Rauch…Capps -0.4 WAR vs Rauch -0.6 WAR… instant gain of 0.2 WAR for less money… can you go wrong AA?”

  12. Corey 4 years ago

    Good riddance Aramis! This guy is lazy and greedy. Oh, unless it’s a contract year. You’ll get leg issues, back issues, family issues, personal issues, and any other excuse under the sun. Usually good for about 120 games a season. Lazy until contract time. And forget the option,  he’ll use it as leverage in negotiations so he can continue to be overpaid. What a chump. Unless u r a Cub fan u might not see it. but look at the stats. You can bet on something with this dude, and he has peeked. In his prime, he was injury riddled, what’s that say about his future?

  13. baseball52 4 years ago

    Can’t hit when it matters, is a liability in the clubhouse and the field, and wants big money? You have fun on the open market A-Ram.

  14. MNTwins12 4 years ago

    Capps has 3 pitches. Straight fastball, straight fastball, and a straight fastball. I’d rather see the Twins give him money to leave Minnesota than sign him for another year. If you pitch at Target Field and give up a homerun every relief appearance, you know you’re Matt Capps.

  15. stewie75 4 years ago

    i like how kinzer tried calling out bob brenly for critiquing ramirez on the air. i believe kinzer said something along the lines of how brenly should’ve said it to his face. yeah, because it’s brenly’s job as a broadcaster to criticize a lazy player behind closed doors. 

  16. bobbybaseball 4 years ago

    As a Cubs fan, I say good riddance to Ramirez.

  17. Mikey Roederer 4 years ago

    Maybe I’m just not smart but for years ARam carried the cubs teams with his bat, and granted his fielding was never the best, but it improved every year. Does everyone forget his slash line last year??  .306/.361/.510  Thats pretty flippin good
    Now do I think he deserves 4 yrs? No, but geez guys he wasn’t exactly awful.

    • stewie75 4 years ago

      he wasn’t awful but he certainly wasn’t anything special. he did carry them at times, but.. to what exactly? aramis is a good complimentary piece, but he’s hardly someone you want around for a rebuilding effort. 

  18. Normally your posts drive me nuts…. But this one made me laugh. Well done sir.

  19. grownice 4 years ago

    TAKE A CHANCE WITH JANSSEN. Classic. Im still laughing , i was saying it randomly at work while yelling and sounding like a hick because thats how it sounds in my head when i read your posts. This has nothing to do with this thread.

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