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|Ramirez and Brewers Finalize $36 Million Deal
|MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Brewers have finalized a $36 million, three-year contract with free agent third baseman Aramis Ramirez, adding a much-needed big bat to their lineup.
The 33-year-old Ramirez played 149 games for the NL Central rival Chicago Cubs last year, batting .306 with 26 home runs and 93 RBIs.
Ramirz gets $6 million next year, $10 million in 2013 and $16 million in 2014, of which $6 million is deferred. There is a $14 million mutual option for 2015 with a $4 million buyout.
Ramirez's power should help the Brewers make up for the anticipated loss of first baseman Prince Fielder through free agency. Milwaukee also may be without NL MVP Ryan Braun for the first 50 games of next season if he loses his appeal for testing positive for a banned substance.
Ramirez played the past eight-plus seasons with the Cubs after he was traded by Pittsburgh to Chicago in the middle of the 2003 season.
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