Rosenthal on Aramis Ramirez, Beltran, Carroll, Fielder, Pujols

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 23: Aramis Ramirez #16 of the Chicago Cubs is greeted by teammates in the dugout after scoring a run and hitting a run-scoring double in the 5th inning against the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field on August 23, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Aramis Ramirez has cleared waivers, but he will not be dealt by the Cubs. Ramirez is no longer willing to waive his no-trade clause and now intends to play out the rest of this season in a Cubbies’ uniform, according to Ken Rosenthal.

The FA market for outfielders this off-season is expected to be extremely thin with Carlos Beltran leading the pack and the younger Jason Kubel following behind. Rosenthal brought up the Boston Red Sox as a potential suitor for his services this off-season as he expects Kubel to be a likely candidate to replace the BoSox’s J.D. Drew in RF for the 2012 season and beyond.

The Dodgers’ utility infielder Jamey Carroll has been placed on waivers and is almost a surefire bet to be claimed by a club in the next day or so. He is more likely to be dealt right now than he was at this year’s non – waiver deadline as a result of Dee Gordon being close to returning from the disabled list and the expected September call-up of the Dodgers’ current top 2B prospect, Ivan Dejesus, Jr. Carroll will not just be a salary dump made by the Dodgers as he is only expected to make $300K the rest of the way this season. Therefore, in order for Carroll to be dealt, the Dodgers must acquire a prospect in return for his services.

The battle for 1B supremacy on the open market this off-season has definitely heated up between the two top dogs at the position in the NL, the Brew Crew’s Prince Fielder and the Cards’ Albert Pujols. Fielder is the younger option who probably has more high quality years of producing runs ahead of him, but King Albert is the current NL HR leader and still possesses the better track record for consistently driving in runs even if he has hit into more double plays and has suffered more 0–for–4 and 5 nights this season. However, the biggest question involving these two All – Star sluggers and perennial MVP candidates, according to Rosenthal, is the following: which cities will they be calling home down the line?

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