Aramis Ramirez's agent Paul Kinzer said that his client most likely would not drop his no-trade clause this season, writes Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune. Furthermore, the third baseman hopes to play for the Cubs again in 2012.
“He doesn’t even want to take a trade. He took less years and less money to stay in Chicago [in 2006], so that is definitely his first option,” Kinzer said. “Aramis has a full no-trade clause, so he doesn’t want to go anywhere. He’s a 10-and-5 guy and I don’t think he’ll go anywhere. We will have to see when it comes to that.”
Ramirez, 32, is in the final year of a five-year, $75MM deal. The Cubs hold an option on Ramirez in 2012 for $16MM, though roughly two weeks ago SI's Jon Heyman wrote that the club doesn't plan on exercising it. If the club doesn't exercise the option they will instead pay Ramirez a $2MM buyout.
Kinzer also represents Cubs players Geovany Soto, Starlin Castro and John Grabow. The agent isn't concerned about the club moving Soto or Castro, though he acknowledged that Grabow could attract trade interest.