Aramis Ramirez, the two-time All-Star third baseman, is in his 16th major league season. June has arrived, and his Milwaukee Brewers are last in the National League Central.
He knows the trade rumors are coming.
"If we don't turn this around, sooner rather than later, it's going to happen," Ramirez told FOXSports.com Friday, before his team began a weekend series against the Philadelphia Phillies. "It's part of baseball. When teams don't perform, you see changes. If we don't turn this around quick, it's the natural thing."
Ramirez, who turns 35 in late June, could become part of those changes. He's scheduled to earn $16 million next season in the final year of his contract. And he doesn't have a no-trade clause, unlike his final years with the Chicago Cubs.
Whereas Ramirez said publicly that he would block any effort by the Cubs to trade him in 2011, he acknowledged Friday that he would have "no choice" but to accept a trade if the Brewers dealt him now.
"I can't control that, ...