Angels' chances of acquiring Aramis Ramirez: slim and none
Any hope the Angels had of acquiring Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez dimmed considerably Friday.
Ramirez backtracked from Thursday’s comments suggesting he was open to waiving his no-trade rights if the Cubs (42-63) went into rebuilding mode, telling reporters Friday: “I’m not going anywhere.”
Ramirez, who is batting .296 with 19 home runs and 62 runs batted in, spoke to Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry Thursday night and told Hendry he wants to stay in Chicago.
The slugger tried to clarify his earlier remarks, saying he was only open to a trade if the Cubs dealt numerous veterans before Sunday’s non-waiver trade deadline. As of Friday afternoon, only outfielder Kosuke Fukudome had been dealt, to Cleveland.
Ramirez makes $14.6 million this season, and if he gets traded, his $16-million option for 2012 becomes guaranteed.
-- Mike DiGiovanna
Photo: Aramis Ramirez. Credit: Brian Kersey / Getty Images.