Brewers' third baseman Aramis Ramirez will decide if he will exercise his end of a $14 million mutual option and return to the Brewers during a meeting with his agent, Paul Kinzer, in the Dominican Republic on Sunday night, according to a major-league source. Ramirez must inform the team of his decision by Monday, and will be paid a $4 million option if he becomes a free agent.
The Brewers announced on Friday that they had picked up their end of the option, but Ramirez must exercise his part in order to return to Milwaukee. As Kinzer told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com earlier today, it is "possible" that Ramirez exercises his part of the option to return to Milwaukee, and that his client could pursue a one- or two-year deal on the free agent market if he declines.
Ramirez, 36, hit .285/.330/.427 with fifteen home runs and 66 RBI in 133 games this season. He is expected to draw interest from multiple teams if he becomes a free agent, and has already been linked to the Red Sox in preliminary rumors. Teams looking for third base help could look at younger options like Chase Headley and Pablo Sandoval, so Ramirez's best option may be to accept his option in return to Milwaukee.