MILWAUKEE -- Aramis Ramirez has maintained that he doesn't want to leave the Cubs, but on Thursday he said no one from the front office has asked him if he'd be willing to accept a trade, and didn't say he'd reject one.
After Wednesday's loss to the Brewers, Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano said the team needed to make some changes for next season. The team dropped to 42-63 following Thursday's 4-2 loss to Milwaukee.
"When you're 20 games under .500, there are going to be changes," Ramirez said. "Something's not right. You can't point to anything -- you can't point to the pitching, offense, defense. I guess that's the [general manager's] and the front office's job. Of course there will be changes, because we haven't played the way we'd like to. We're 21 games under .500, so there are going to be changes."
The Cubs took the first step before Thursday's game when they dealt outfielder Kosuke Fukudome to the Indians for two Minor League players and called up Tyler Colvin. Ramirez is a 10-and-5 player, and can veto any deal. Now that he agrees with the concept of change, has he changed his mind?
"Nobody has come forward to me from the team to say, 'We want to trade you,' or this or that," Ramirez said. "It's only [discussed] in the media. [GM] Jim [Hendry] hasn't talked to me or [team president Crane Kenney] or the Ricketts.
"Nobody has talked to me about if I'm wiling to waive my no-trade clause," he said. "It's only in the media speculation that 'This team wants Ramirez,' or the other team. Coming from the guys upstairs, the people who make the decision, I haven't heard from anybody."
So, would he be willing to be traded?
"Nobody wants me, man," Ramirez said. "They want good players. Nobody wants me. They come to me with a trade, we'll see, but nobody has talked to me about it."
There probably are a few teams who would be interested in a third baseman who is batting .293 for the season, with nine homers and 22 RBIs in July. But Ramirez recently said he wanted to stay in Chicago because of his family.
"That's not a secret," Ramirez said. "Everybody knows that. But I also understand this is a business. I don't know which way they want to go. If they're looking to rebuild, [and] I can't fit in, we'll see."
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter@CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.