Ramirez said Thursday that several teams have contacted his
agent to discuss his availability since he filed for free agency
"The Cubs are my first choice but I'm a free agent because I
had to give myself the opportunity," Ramirez said during an
interview with The Associated Press.
Ramirez had 28 homers and 121 RBI. He declined to exercise
player options worth $11.5 million next year and $11 million in
2008. If he had exercised those options, the Cubs would have gained
an $11 million team option for 2009.
"I don't feel that I'm taking a risk by becoming a free
agent," he said. "I don't know for how much I'm going to sign
[for] because I don't like to discuss figures, but it would have to
be more than the $11 million."
He would be willing to changes leagues.
"In either league, they play tough baseball, so it doesn't
matter to me," he said.