Teams seeking Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez may have to wait until August. MLB Trade Rumors' Jeff Todd reports that Ramirez will most likely remain a Brewer beyond the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline due to his knee injury. Todd cites FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal's tweet that Ramirez will remain on the disabled list until early August, postponing any possible July deal.
#Brewers’ Aramis Ramirez likely out 10 to 14 more days due to knee. Perhaps an August trade possibility, but will not be moved in July.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 20, 2013
Ramirez went on the disabled list on July 8 (retroactive to July 7) with a hurt left knee. He is eligible to come off on Monday, July 22, but he said that he will not play unless he is 100% healthy.
"I won't try to be a hero. I won't go out there if I'm not healthy enough, because I won't help the team, I won't help myself by doing that. If I feel like I won't be ready [on Monday], I won't be back."The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are two teams rumored to have interest in acquiring Ramirez. He still has one year and $16 million left on his contract plus a mutual option year for 2015 worth $14 million. Todd says that while team control attracts potential buyers, the money may make them much more cautious about trading top prospects for the very productive but oft-injured third baseman.
Ramirez had his most productive years with the Chicago Cubs, but he has not disappointed in Milwaukee when healthy. As a Brewer since 2012, Ramirez is hitting .293/.360/.510 with 32 HR and 131 RBI in 203 games. He played in 149 games last year but only 54 of 95 games this year.
An August trade may still happen, but Ramirez would have to clear waivers and show that he can stay in the lineup. The Yankees will get Alex Rodriguez back on Monday, and Boston has the potential A.L. Rookie of the Year in Jose Iglesias at third base. They also lead the league in runs scored already. Neither team would sensibly need to take on Ramirez's contract without knowing if he would play every day.