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Dbacks Should Entertain Thoughts of Looking at Aramis Ramirez

By Scott Allen

All I heard at the end of the season was how the Arizona Diamondbacks should go looking for another power hitter, another bat in the lineup.  Many suggested that third base would be one position to fill.  Being an advocate of Ryan Roberts myself, I was happy enough with just leaving him as the starter.  He hit 19 home runs and 65 RBI in 2011.  The biggest issue was his batting average of .249.  Now that Aramis Ramirez has said he isn’t returning to the Chicago Cubs, he just might be that guy I would consider, no matter the cost.

Ramirez fits the mold the Dbacks would be looking for.  He hits for average.  He hit .306 in 2011.  He hits for power, hit 26 home runs with 93 RBI.  He rarely strikes out.  He only stuck out 69 times in 2011.  That’s good enough for me.  Then if they get Ramirez, they could ship Roberts to a backup outfielder and occasional backup to Ramirez.  Ramirez plays almost everyday though.  He played in 149 games this past season.

It would be a win-win for the Dbacks. As a free agent they only need pay the guy.  Nothing to give up in return.  Forget the talk of David Wright.  I personally think he is too much of a risk.  I’d just assume keE. Roberts at third in favor of Wright.

Hopefully the Dbacks give Ramirez some serious consideration.  It really would make a huge difference in the lineup and would add to an already surprising power lineup while adding more production.

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