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Posts tagged ‘Aramis Ramirez’

Ramirez Doubles in Win over Giants

Aramis Ramirez hit a two-run double in a 3-2 win over the Giants on Tuesday. The Cubs won despite committing three errors. Ramirez’s two-run double off Dan Runzler in a three-run sixth inning proved to be the difference in the game. The 32-year-old third baseman will likely be overlooked in fantasy leagues due to his .241 batting average last season, but remember that he batted .276 with an .847 OPS after the All-Star break. He has a chance to be a nice sleeper, especially in what is essentially a contract year for him.(Rotoworld)

Key Season For Ramirez Contract Status

Aramis Ramirez, who is healthy now, is in the final guaranteed year of his contract, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The Cubs hold a team option at $16 million for 2012. Ramirez reportedly worked hard during the offseason and put on 6-8 pounds of muscle. Given his bounce-back in the second half, he should be poised for a strong year – assuming he can stay relatively healthy. (Rotowire)

Roster Moves – Protection Deadline

February 1st is the deadline for submitting Protected Rosters for the upcoming season.  Players not being protected will then be released back into the player pool:

Trade:

  • Atomic Roadrunners receive:
    • 3B Aramis Ramirez, Cubs ($25, 2 years)
  • Shoeless Jews receive:
    • SP Yovani Gallardo, Brewers ($27, 2 years)

Protect for 2011:

  • C Buster Posey, Giants ($1)
  • 1B Prince Fielder, Brewers ($29)
  • SS Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies ($31)
  • 3B Aramis Ramirez, Cubs ($25)
  • OF Matt Holliday, Cardinals ($35)
  • OF Hunter Pence, Astros ($26)
  • OF Drew Stubbs, Reds ($5)
  • OF Jose Tabata, Pirates ($5)
  • SP Mat Latos, Padres ($5)
  • SP Ian Kennedy, Diamondbacks ($2)
  • SP Edinson Volquez, Reds ($2)
  • RP Kenley Jansen, Dodgers ($5)
  • RP Hong-Chih Kuo, Dodgers ($5)
  • RP Joel Hanrahan, Pirates ($5)
  • RP John Axford, Brewers ($12)

Release:

  • 1B Adam LaRoche, $25 (Nationals)
  • 2B Brandon Phillips, $32 (Reds)
  • 3B Casey Blake, $5 (Dodgers)
  • OF Marlon Byrd, $9 (Cubs)
  • OF Roger Bernadina, $5 (Nationals)
  • OF Trayvon Robinson, $5 Minors (Dodgers)
  • RP Aroldis Chapman, $11 (Reds)
  • SP Randy Wells, $7 (Cubs)
  • SP Wade LeBlanc, $5 (Padres)
  • RP Tyler Clippard, $5 (Nationals)

Note:

  • Brewers OF Lorenzo Cain ($13) was traded to the Royals on December 19th, 2010 as a part of a multi-player trade that netted the Brewers SP Zach Greinke.
  • The protected list leaves the Roadrunners with $193 in protected salary, with $67 available for 9 players, for an average of $7.44 per player.

Say Goodbye To: Yovani Gallardo

SP – Yovani Gallardo
Acquired: August 17th, 2010 (trade with The Pi Train)
Traded: January 29th, 2011 (to Shoeless Jews)
In a Protected Roster deadline deal, the Atomic RoadRunners traded Brewers SP Yovani Gallardo to the Shoeless Jews, in exchange for Cubs 3B Aramis Ramirez. Gallardo, who was acquired at the 2010 trade deadline from The Pi Train, was looking at a certain release once protected rosters were submitted tomorrow. Now, he’s the highest-priced pitcher for the Shoeless Jews, who still have two cheaper starting third basemen on the roster, making Ramirez a luxury. In 2010, in the seven weeks on the AaRr roster, Gallardo added some nice counting stats (wins, strikeouts), but his ERA and WHIP were hurting the cause. I don’t think he can be trusted, and he’s very inconsistent. Good luck, Hersh.

AaRr Stats IP W ERA WHIP K S
Active – Weeks 20,21,24-26 27.1 4 7.53 1.756 30 0
Reserve – Weeks 22-23 19 1 4.74 1.316 16 0

Meet the New Guy: Aramis Ramirez

In a Protected Roster deadline deal, the Atomic RoadRunners acquired Cubs 3B Aramis Ramirez from Shoeless Jews, in exchange for Brewers SP Yovani Gallardo. Noting the dearth of quality third-basemen for the upcoming 2011 season, in addition to the loss of Chase Headley back to the player pool, and the ineffectiveness of Casey Blake, the Roadrunners targeted Shoeless Jews in trade talks, as they had three starting third basemen (including the protected Placido Polanco and Chris Johnson).

From today’s Baseball Prospectus:

Aramis entered the 2010 season coming off a run of six strong seasons that combined for a line of .303/.368/.551. This slugging percentage tied him with Lance Berkman for seventh in this span among batters with 3,000 or more plate appearances, and he was also top-17 in all of batting average, HR, and RBI. Yet, the expectations of a collapse continued to be written.

In 2010, the doom-and-gloom crowd was right. Aramis whacked 25 homers and drove in 83 runs in just 124 games, but his batting average cratered to .241, following the sinking of his BABIP to .245. He was pressing at the plate and trying to adjust for injuries during the first half of the season–his late surge accounted for almost all his production, as he was slugging under .300 as of July 5. It’s not clear that he’ll rebound fully to his 2004-2009 levels, but finishing the season with a .294/.338/.583 batting line for the final 68 games he played–including 19 home runs in just 272 PA-–certainly suggests that it’s far too early to write him off. His BABIP is likely to rebound to career levels, and that should be enough to keep his batting average out of the negative impact territory. The injuries are supposedly behind him, but having missed time in two consecutive seasons, it would be wise to temper playing time expectations somewhat. When healthy, though, he’ll again provide very good power for a third baseman.