The Yankees have gotten almost no production at third base this year and the Brewers are going nowhere so it makes sense that Aramis Ramirez‘s name would come up in trade rumors. The problem is that he’s owed a lot of money, $20 million next year including the buyout of his 2015 option, and the Yankees consider him too pricey, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Ramirez is just one season removed from hitting .300/.360/.540, but his knee has been bothering him this season and he’s hit just .271/.359/.414 so far. Those are still decent numbers, but he’s now 35-years-old and is considered a poor fielder at third.
I still think that those numbers would help the Yankees. It’s not like he’s extremely bad at third (his UZR since 2011 is -6.6) or that 35 is incredibly old. The money is going to be an issue for the Yankees though as they aim to get under $189 million budget next season. Maybe if the Brewers eat some of his salary something could be worked out. It would take some good prospects to get a deal like that done though.
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