CHICAGO, IL - Aramis Ramirez #16 of the Chicago Cubs (R) hits a sacrifice fly scoring teammate Darwin Barney #15 as catcher Humberto Quintero #55 of the Houston Astros squats behind the plate. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
The Milwaukee Brewers are likely to lose one power hitter to free agency, but they're gaining another in Aramis Ramirez.
The Milwaukee Brewers were in the National League Championship Series just a couple of months ago. Ah, the good times. Since then, one of their best hitters left (or will leave) as a free agent, and the other one is involved in some sort of banned-substances brouhaha.
Former Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez will sign a three-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, pending a physical, according to a source familiar with the situation.
While it would have been impossible for the Brewers to replace Prince Fielder on this year's market, Aramis has been one of the more consistent right-handed hitters in baseball, putting up an OPS+ between 126 and 138 in seven of the last eight seasons. Ramirez hit .306/.361/.510 last season for the Cubs.
That's the good news. The bad news is that the 34-year-old Ramirez is also a little injury prone, having missed upwards of 30 games in two of the last three seasons. But with the twin moves of Ramirez and Alex Gonzalez, the Brewers have dramatically upgraded the left side of their infield.