Aramis says he'd veto any trade

Aramis says he'd veto any trade

Aramis says he'd veto any trade
CHICAGO -- Aramis Ramirez doesn't plan on leaving the Cubs this year.

The Cubs' third baseman said prior to a 6-1 win over the Phillies on Monday that he would invoke his 10-and-5 rights and void any deal presented to him. Ramirez has 10 years in the big leagues, and five with the Cubs.

FOX Sports reported the Angels were inquiring about Ramirez prior to the July 31 Trade Deadline, but he said he's not going anywhere.

"I'm at the same point I was at two weeks ago, three weeks ago," said Ramirez, who homered in the first inning against the Phillies. "Right now, I'm not interested in any trade."

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The father of two young sons, Ramirez said he didn't want to relocate because of his family.

"It is my family consideration," he said. "If I was single and by myself, then I'd move anywhere and be in a hotel for the last two months [of the season]. It's too tough with my family. I earned the right to be in this position and it's my decision."

This is the last year of his contract with the Cubs, but if he were traded, his contract states that the team acquiring the third baseman would have to pick up a $16 million option for 2012.

In his last 23 games entering Monday, Ramirez has batted .372 with five doubles, 12 homers, 25 RBIs and 23 runs scored. His homer on Monday gave him 230 in his Cubs career. He's one shy of tying Gabby Hartnett for sixth on the team's all-time list.