MLB Trade Rumors: Why the Milwaukee Brewers Won't Trade Aramis Ramirez

Justin Schultz@@JSchu23Correspondent IJuly 16, 2012

MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 15: Aramis Ramirez #16 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrates in the dugout after scoring the last run against the Pittsburgh Pirates putting the Brewers up 4-1 in the bottom of the 6th inning at Miller Park on July 15, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Dodgers reportedly have interest in acquiring Aramis Ramirez from the Milwaukee Brewers.

Milwaukee should want no part of this trade. They have no up-and-coming third base prospects in their farm system and no current player who could make the switch to an everyday third base starter, not to mention that trading Ramirez would completely deplete their offense.

It was once thought that Taylor Green would be manning the hot corner for years to come, but he has been nothing short of a disappointment.

According to Baseball America, the Dodgers have three prospects on the Top 100 list, all pitchers. Because the Dodgers' farm system lacks a top-tier infielder that Milwaukee should be seeking in exchange for Ramirez, a trade is unlikely to happen.

Milwaukee will look to trade the likes of Greinke and Francisco Rodriguez before anyone else.

It would only make sense trading Ramirez if the Brewers receive a highly touted third base prospect, like a Mike Olt from the Texas Rangers

But the Rangers are no pushovers. A Ramirez-for-Olt trade would be absolutely absurd, and it will never happen unless Nolan Ryan is off his rocker. Texas thinks so highly of Olt that they won't even trade him in return for Zack Greinke.

It just doesn't make sense for the Brewers to trade Ramirez, who they signed to a three-year, $36 million contract in the offseason. The return would have to be towering for them to consider it.

Unless a desperate team is willing to deal a Mike Olt type third baseman, Milwaukee will hold onto Aramis Ramirez.

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