Maybe I’m reading into this too much, but I get the feeling Aramis is trying to stick it to his old team by signing with Milwaukee.
The motivation is clearly there when you think about it.
Start with the mid-season criticism doled out by commentators Bob Brenly and Todd Hollandsworth, who questioned his defense and lack of leadership.
Then, Theo Epstein seemingly distanced himself from Ramirez before the new team president even unpacked his suitcase from Boston–No chance the Cubs were going to exercise Ramirez’s $16M dollar option for 2012 or extend his contract by another three years.
The combination of the two must have left Aramis smarting following a star-studded nine-year run on the North Side.
So what better way to prove the Cubs wrong than signing with a division rival, and one that’s clearly the early season favorite to win the Central?
Several news outlets reported before the Winter Meetings that Ramirez was on the radar of both the Angels and Tigers–two contenders who appeared as likely as Milwaukee to offer Aramis multiple years and big-money.
So what made Ramirez choose the Brewers so quickly over an opportunity to hit behind two of the greatest sluggers in the game, Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera?
Maybe it was the chance to bat behind Ryan Bruan, or to stay within his familiarity of the NL Central, or the chance to stay close to home?
Or maybe, Ramirez thinks he’s found the perfect opportunity to stick it to the Cubs?