One thing I didn't realize is that the 16 million dollar option for Aramis Ramirez was "mutual", meaning both parties had to invoke it in order to make it valid. Surely, the Cubs would not open themselves up to having to owe him 16 million for next year.
The Cubs invoked their side of the 16 million dollar option for next year.
Um. Well. Jeez...certainly, Ramirez, who was recently quoted as saying he changed his mind, and would be receptive to returning to the Cubs next year, because he likes what Theo Epstein had to say, will just POUNCE on the 16 million dollars.
Ramirez is not going to invoke his option, and will take his chances on free agency.
Whew. Calm down now, heart. The Cubs not only played chicken with A-Ram, and won, but now they do not owe him his $2 million buyout that he would be owed if they did not invoke his option, and they will receive one OR TWO first round draft picks from the team that does sign him. This is the best of all possible things to happen to the Cubs concerning the so-called "least interested man in baseball".
As for Ramirez, if there was a Delusions of Grandeur Hall of Fame, he would be first ballot. He would be the Babe Ruth of the DofG HOF. He would have his own wing of the building, and you'd have to pay extra just to go inside and see videos of him meekly waving at grounders to his right.
Surely, Theo doesn't think he's going to bring him back for a reduced salary......?
Stay tuned. This may beat the 2007 offseason for entertainment value. I think we're going to be out here a lot.