Aramis clarifies comments, wants to stay

Aramis clarifies comments, wants to stay

Aramis clarifies comments, wants to stay
ST. LOUIS -- Aramis Ramirez, who said on Thursday that he was willing to consider a trade, said on Friday that he doesn't want to leave the Cubs and will not waive his no-trade protection.

"I think I was misunderstood yesterday," Ramirez said. "I haven't read the paper ... but the way it came out was that I wanted to leave and I was ready to go somewhere else, and that's not the case.

"What I tried to say yesterday was that I talked to [general manager Jim Hendry] a couple of weeks ago, and we're on the same page. He wants me here, and I want to stay here."

Ramirez has 10-and-5 rights, which means he has 10 years in the Major Leagues and five with the same team. That gives him the right to veto any deal.

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On July 18, Ramirez said that he would do just that if Hendry came to him with a possible trade. At that time there were reports that the Angels were interested.

But after Thursday's game, Ramirez appeared to change his stance and said that if the Cubs approached him, he would consider a move. On Friday he said that's not the case.

"We knew there would be some teams interested in my services, and [Hendry] asked me [earlier this month] what I wanted to do, and I said I want to stay here, and he said, 'Good, I want you here.'"

Hendry said that he does not shop players who have no-trade provisions.

"I take guys with 10-and-5 rights very seriously," Hendry said on Friday. "That's a right they've earned by playing this game for a long time -- in his case, playing with us for a long time very well, especially in the years we were good. He had a hand in us winning three division titles."

Ramirez, who is in the final year of his contract with the Cubs, and his agent contacted Hendry after Thursday's game to try to clarify his comments, and the third baseman repeated that he wants to stay.

"He won't be traded by [Sunday's 3 p.m. CT non-waiver Trade Deadline]," Hendry said. "That being said, he knows there's no guarantee he'll be back next year, and there's no guarantee he won't be."

This is not the same situation the Cubs went through last year with first baseman Derrek Lee, who waived his no-trade clause to approve a deal to the Braves. The Cubs were not expected to keep Lee beyond 2011; Ramirez could be back in 2012.

With the Deadline looming, Ramirez was asked again what would happen if a team did contact Hendry about acquiring him.

"That has to happen first," Ramirez said. "After that happens, I'll see what's going on."

Which is exactly what he said on Thursday.

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.