But as Derek Lee taught Cubs fans last year, you never know what’s going to happen. The former Cubs first baseman originally said that he would veto all trades out of Chicago, but eventually accepted a trade to the Braves after rejecting two other deals.
Obviously, Ramirez and Lee are very different. Ramirez doesn't seem to be the type of player who is passionate about winning a World Series. He may really be fine with finishing out the year with the dismal Cubs and cashing his paycheck.
The third baseman is certainly piquing the interest of teams around the league, however. Ramirez is currently one of the hottest hitters in baseball, hitting .296 with 8 home runs and 21 RBI in June and .351 with 5 home runs thus far in July.
Furthermore, teams won’t be hooked into a long-term deal if they trade for him since he is in the final year of his contract. With the third base position as thin as ever this year, more than a few teams will call the Cubs asking about Ramirez as the deadline approaches.
It's no secret that the Braves are hunting for a right-handed bat. A trade for Ramirez, however, hinges on Chipper Jones’ injury. Ramirez doesn’t have the flexibility to play in the outfield, so if Jones comes back soon, the Braves will have no reason to deal for someone to man the hot corner.
However, if Jones’ recovery takes longer than expected, don’t rule out the Braves as players for Ramirez if they can’t find a deal for an outfielder elsewhere.
It's highly unlikely that the two Chicago teams will get together for a midseason deal of this magnitude. The teams rarely trade together, and when they, do it's usually to the tune of David Aardsma for Neal Cotts.
Still, Ramirez could provide a boost to the offensively challenged White Sox. The home runs that Adam Dunn has left on the table could be Ramirez’s to pick up in the second half.
Current Sox third baseman Brent Morel might be a good hitter in the future, but Ramirez is certainly an upgrade over his .244 batting average and 15 RBI. Ramirez could even see significant time at DH for the Sox if Adam Dunn continues to struggle.
It may seem shocking, but the Pirates could actually be buyers this year at the deadline. Pittsburgh sits just one game out of first place and has only gotten better as the season has progressed.
Ramirez is a former Pirates deadline dump, and it would be a great story if he returned to Pittsburgh and led them to the playoffs. The prodigal son coming home. Well, not really, but it would still give the Pirates an upgrade at either third or first base.
This trade has been rumored for years, and it makes even more sense with Alex Rodriguez set to miss the next 4-6 weeks after surgery. Ramirez could play third base for the Yankees until Rodriguez returns, and then move to DH, where he would be a substantial upgrade over Jorge Posada.
We all know that the Yankees aren’t going to stand pat at the trade deadline, and Ramirez could very well be one of the players they attempt to bring in.
The Angels recently denied having been close to a deal for Ramirez, but trading for the third baseman would still make sense. The team could use some more power, and while Alberto Callaspo has been good, Ramirez would certainly be an upgrade at the hot corner.
Ramirez could also DH for the Angels, who need to do something if they want to keep up with the now red-hot Texas Rangers.