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6/25/1978 (38 y, 7 m, 30 d)
$36M / 3 Years (2012 - 2014) + 1 Option Years
Ramirez has officially retired Thursday, Pirates broadcaster Greg Brown reports. (11/5/2015)
Ramirez to Ramirez: A Brief History
Paul Swydan (FanGraphs)
Another Waiver Wire Sampling
Steven Shumansky (RotoGraphs)
Aramis Ramirez Returns to Pittsburgh
Paul Swydan (FanGraphs)
Milwaukee's Untimely Collapse
Mike Petriello (FanGraphs)
Aramis Ramirez and Father Time
Chris Cwik (RotoGraphs)
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Year in Review:
Injuries sidelined Ramirez for most of the year, forcing him to appear in only 82 games, the fewest since Ramirez was a youngster back in 2000. When he did play, he was quite effective, posting a .392 wOBA and a .905 OPS while popping 15 homers. UZR wasn’t too big of a fan of his performances at third, but Ramirez’ lackluster defense is hardly a new development. The Cubs are paying him for his bat first and foremost. Ramirez’ absence left the Cubs scrambling for fill-ins as he missed time with a hurt back, shoulder, forearm, and leg. That’s quite the list for someone who is usually healthy.
The Year Ahead:
There’s no way of knowing whether any of those injuries will persist through 2010 and the toll they will take if so. Ramirez will turn 32 years old in June 2010 and he’s already seen his ISO drop in three consecutive seasons. He’s walking more than he used to and that’s a good sign moving forward, but there’s a sound chance he’s never going to hit 35+ jacks again. Given the surrounding lineup, he’s a good bet for 90+ runs batted in and some runs scored as well; just be wary of the injuries. (R.J. Anderson)
Ever since Aramis Ramirez dislocated his left shoulder in May of 2009, he hasn’t been quite the same hitter. That’s not to say he doesn’t have 30 HR, 100 RBI potential again, but at the age of 32, you’ll have to be cautiously optimistic. One concern is that he reached a career low in BABIP last season with .245, which contributed to his batting line of .241/.294/.452. His power hasn’t disappeared just yet, with the third baseman hitting 25 HRs in 124 games and keeping a HR/FB ratio consistent since 2007. Compared to the middle infielders, third base has been a relatively deep position, and Ramirez looks to be at least a top-seven third baseman. His walk rate of 6.7% in 2010 was his worst ever as a Chicago Cub, so if he can figure out whatever plate-discipline issues he had last season, Ramirez will help many fantasy owners. Ramirez will be with the Cubs for at least one more year after exercising his 2011 option. Projections have him at .275/.342/.498, matching his career numbers rather than his career years. (Albert Lyu)
The Quick Opinion:
Ramirez did not have a season up to his standards, and, while he still has power, his walk rate in 2010 was his worst ever as a Cub. If he figures out his plate discipline issues, he should be good for 30 HR and 100 RBI potential again.
Aramis Ramirez pulled his usual routine of frustrating owners out of the gate only to rake as the weather warmed. Ramirez had exactly two home runs from April 1st to June 7th and while he was still hitting for a decent average at .287, he was starting to turn owners to the waiver wire for answers. From June 8th to the end of the season, Ramirez went nuts -- hitting .317/.372/.573 with 24 home runs and 72 RBI. In the past, he was a great hitter at Wrigley, consistently outperforming his career averages, but Miller Park in Milwaukee should be just as friendly. He’s not particularly old at 33, but he’s certainly on the wrong side of the aging curve. While he may regress a tad on the batted balls, there’s not much evidence to suggest a major decline in production -- thus, I’d expect something around his career average of .284/.342/.500 with 25 home runs and solid counting stats all around. (Michael Barr)
The Quick Opinion:
Ramirez will command a fairly hefty price on draft day, and he has a tendency to start slowly, requiring a patient owner. When healthy, Ramirez is one of the better third base options, but he is starting to get a tad long in the tooth. At least his home park in Milwaukee will help his power.
Ramirez is one of the most consistent options at third base, and at 32, he has shown no signs of slowing down. Fantasy owners can expect 25+ home runs, 100+ RBI, and a batting average hovering around .300. The RBI numbers should stay solid, as the Brewers return everyone from an offense that scored the most runs in the National League last year. Miller Park also treated him well, as his .240 ISO was the highest since 2006. He continues to swing at pitches out of the zone (36.2% O-Swing%) and does not provide many walks, but he consistently produces in spite of that. Not to mention he swiped a career-high nine bases last season. While he may not reach double-digit steals in 2013, it’s worth noting Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke loves have his players run on the basepaths -- the Brewers’ 158 stolen bases led the league last year. Stolen bases are just icing on the cake for Ramirez, though, as his primary value lies in his combination of high-average, high-power production. (JP Breen)
The Quick Opinion:
Last season, Ramirez launched at least 25 home runs for the ninth time in the last ten seasons and proved he remains one of the best third baseman available in the “non Miguel Cabrera” division.
Ramirez has always produced at the plate. He's compiled weighted offense that was better than 20% above league average in nine of the past 10 seasons, including a 132 wRC+ in an injury-shortened campaign last year. But that injury is really the crux of the issue for Ramirez. He will turn 35 years old in June and missed roughly half the season with a nagging knee sprain, which doesn't bode well for his durability going forward. Still, the production didn't suffer significantly despite the knee injury, as he hit .283/.370/.461 with 12 home runs when he was in the lineup. The question is how much Ramirez will play in 2014. Fortunately for fantasy owners, the Brewers do not have another competent third baseman on the roster; he'll receive ample at-bats even if he's not 100% healthy. Miller Park also serves as a boon for any hitter. On draft day, Ramirez may drop due to concerns about his age and his knee, but fantasy owners who miss on top tier guys would be wise to target A-Ram in middle rounds. Just be sure to have a competent guy in reserve in case his knee hobbles him too much. (JP Breen)
The Quick Opinion:
Injury concerns and age will damage Ramirez's stock, but he's always been able to hit and his .366 weighted on-base average last year ranked fifth amongst third basemen with at least 300 plate appearances. Don't forget about him on draft day.
He may be entering his age-37 season, but Aramis Ramirez is still producing at a high level -- when he’s on the field. Ramirez has played in 225 games over the past two seasons, but 133 of those came in 2014. It’s hard to see a scenario in which Ramirez makes it through 2015 without needing at least a 15-day DL stint, but even then, he’s worth having around. He clearly isn’t the 30 homer guy he was in his prime, but he’s a pretty safe bet to club 15 dingers while hitting about .280; it’s nothing sexy, but it does make for a top-15 third baseman. With Ryan Braun hopefully back to full health and help from the newly acquired Adam Lind, Aramis will have plenty of chances to drive in runs and cross the plate in Milwaukee, something he struggled with last season when he scored just 47 times. Ramirez won’t get you excited on draft day, but can provide great value in the middle to later rounds if you’re expectations are reasonable. Paying $5-7 for Aramis is standard mixed leagues is recommended, and that price should stay about the same in OBP formats. (Zach Sanders)
The Quick Opinion:
Aramis is no longer a sexy third baseman heading into his age-37 season, but he can provide great value later in drafts. Look for about 15 homers and a .280 average from the Brewer in 2015.
Sadly, Aramis Ramirez retired after last season and will obviously not be useful in fantasy as he plays golf and relaxes with his family. Ramirez had a pretty solid career for three fifths of the NL Central teams, hitting 386 career home runs and being a solid source for power and average at the hot corner for a lot of fantasy squads. So long, Aramis, your fun batting stance and long home runs will be missed. (Ben Duronio)
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