It's time for the Chicago Cubs to think of possible trades to replace Aramis Ramirez after he declined the 2012 options offered to him by the Cubs. Ramirez, the power-hitting third baseman, has played on the North Side since 2003 after being traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates and was voted to two All-Star games during that time.
Considering the current rebuilding, or reloading, state the Cubs are in, it wouldn't be in the organization's best interest to re-sign the 33-year-old third baseman, who's had his fair share of injuries over the last few seasons.
Ramirez's biggest contribution while wearing Cubby-blue was his production at the plate. He had a solid glove at the hot corner, but his glove has gotten old over the years.
The '12 free agent market for third basemen is pretty weak, so it'd be near impossible to replace Ramirez's offense and defense via free agency. Chicago may have to trade for a player, third basemen or not, who can contribute similar to Ramirez.