It seems that SI’s Jon Heyman has a different take than the Chicago Tribune’s Paul Sullivan on the Aramis Ramirez situation. As you recall, Sullivan mentioned ten days ago that the Cubs believe Ramirez won’t exercise his out clause and become a free agent this winter. It seemed curious, as Ramirez could easily top three years and $33.5MM for his age 29-31 seasons on the open market.
Yesterday afternoon, Heyman commented:
"Aramis Ramirez is telling friends that he plans to exercise an option to opt out of his contract with the Cubs. Ramirez…is also telling people he’d love to go to New York. The Astros, Rangers, Angels, Dodgers, Red Sox and Tigers could be among favored players for Ramirez. But, of course, the Cubs won’t let him leave easily."
So what’s it going to be, Aramis? Honor your current deal (a hometown discount), take more money on the open market, or renegotiate with the Cubs?