Aramis Ramirez: Chicago Cubs Third Baseman Will Not Waive No-Trade Clause

Daniel MorrillCorrespondent IJune 8, 2011

ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 5: Aramis Ramirez #16 of the Chicago Cubs hits a two-RBI double against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on June 5, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Cardinals beat the Cubs 3-2 in 10 innings.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Third baseman Aramis Ramirez said Tuesday that he would not waive his no-trade clause if the Cubs tried to deal him.

"At this point, no, I wouldn't accept a trade," said Ramirez, who is in the final year of his five-year contract with Chicago.

Having previously been traded to the Cubs midseason, Ramirez explained that it was too hard on him and his family.

"It's too tough when you have family and kids here to try to move them elsewhere,” Ramirez told ESPNChicago.com. “If I were by myself it might be OK, but I have my wife and kids."

Trading Ramirez’s expiring contract for prospects has recently become a hot topic of conversation in Chicago with the Cubs’ losing streak reaching a season-high eight games last night in Cincinnati. Chicago is currently 23-36 and 12.5 games out of first place in the National League Central Division.

Since being traded to the Cubs in the middle of the 2003 season, Ramirez has made the All-Star team twice in Chicago. A two-time top-10 finisher in MVP voting, Ramirez hit over .300 with at least 30 HR and 100 RBI in his first three full seasons with the Cubs.

Ramirez is hitting .287 with two HR and 21 RBI through 53 games this season.