Cubs ink 3B Ramirez to four-year, $44 million deal
PHOENIX - Aramis Ramirez, one of the keys to Chicago Cubs' chances in 2005, Monday agreed to terms on a four-year, contract extension that could be worth up to $44 million.
Ramirez, who was 10th in the National League Most Valuable Player voting last season, was slated to make $8.95 million this season and would have been eligible for free agency in November.
His new deal also includes an $11 million vesting option for
2010, if he appears in 270 games between 2008-09. The third
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