Aramis Ramirez has played his last game as a Chicago Cub. His agent, Paul Kinzer, stated "that ship has sailed." It's the right time for both sides to go their separate ways: Ramirez is searching for his last big deal at the age of 33, while the front office has an eye on the future.
With a 2011 line of .306/.361/.510, Ramirez' numbers were higher than his career average. Expecting to find a player that will immediately step in and produce like Aramis Ramirez by way of free agency is unrealistic. The players available don't fit with the future of the Chicago Cubs. There are players available via trade, along with two internal moves that are realistic.
The following options provide choices to answer the lingering question on the North Side: Who replaces Aramis Ramirez on Opening Day?