Found June 17, 2012 on Cub Reporter:
"If it's somthin' weird an' it don't look good..." Letting Aramis Ramirez walk for the 2012 season was the easy part. The new Cubs braintrust loves supplemental round draft choices. Picking up the one year, $16 million option on ARam, with the expectation that he would decline and lead to a supplemental 1st rounder (which turned into pick #43, college pitcher, Pierce Johnson from Missouri State U.) was highly predictable. The more problematic other side of the coin was to replace ARam for the near term. If cliche' buy low, sell high... doesn't do it for you, at least they believe in buy low. Here's the predictable criteria: 2003 1st round draft choice (10th pick), 2005 overall #4 prospect from Baseball America (after Mauer, King Felix, and Delmon Young), hitting setbacks because of injuries but with recovery possible based on medical reports, still young and relatively inexpensive, left handed bat, decent defender. OK, that all checks for...
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