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.