The Milwaukee Brewers have traded third baseman Aramis Ramirez to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league pitcher Ynothan Barrios.
The Dominican born Ramirez signed with the Pirates at the age of 16 in 1994 and would make his big league debut in 1998.
The Bucs traded Ramirez to the Cubs in 2003 along with Kenny Lofton and would come within five outs of winning a NL pennant and playing in a World Series. And, well, I won’t go any further there.
Ramirez remained with the Cubs through the 2011 season when he signed a four year deal with the Brewers. After hitting .300 with 27 HR and 105 RBI with Milwaukee in 2012, Ramirez’s offensive production has declined. In 81 games with the Brewers this season, Ramirez, now 37, is hitting .247 with 11 HR and 42 RBI.
Ramirez becomes a free agent at the end of the year, but has indicated that this season will likely be his last. As mentioned previously, the closest Ramirez has ever got to a World Series was a dozen years ago with the Cubs. Should the Pirates reach the World Series I think it is safe to say Ramirez will call it a career.
I don’t think Ramirez makes it to Cooperstown. There aren’t many third basemen in Cooperstown and Ramirez’s offensive numbers are quite good. He hit .300 or better seven times and also drove in 100 or more RBIs seven times in his career. But he will likely finish his career with around 2,300 hits, a lifetime batting average in the .280s, have just under 400 HR and 1400 or so RBI. Good numbers, but not the best of the best. Ramirez was also never a great defensive third baseman. His play got better in the field, but he was never a Gold Glove candidate with his limited range.
Still, with Josh Harrison and Jody Mercer hurt, Ramirez will be serviceable at third and gives the Pirates some extra pop in their lineup giving some protection to Andrew McCutchen. I am sure Bucs fans will welcome him with open arms.