After meetings between Cubs owner Tom Ricketts and Hall of Fame general manager Pat Gilick were made public last Wednesday, it now seems the Chicago Cubs may have finally come to the realization, many concluded long ago.
This realization, that the Cubs must begin a rebuilding process, may be a deciding factor in the trade of Aramis Ramirez.
After a slow start, which saw the Cubs third baseman finish with two homeruns and 19 RBI's through the first two months of the season, Ramirez has become one of the hottest hitters in baseball and has had GM Jim Hendry speaking openly about thoughts of keeping Ramirez past the 2011 season.
But, with signs pointing to the departure of the bloated one, it seems the Cubs may finally be joining the rest of us in baseball sanity.
With Ramirez's stock as high as it could be, a lack of power hitters available on the trade market and a $16 million option for next year, the Cubs would be wise to coax the former All-Star into waving his no trade-clause.
Here's five teams that will be interested in the services of Aramis Ramirez