I was cruising Pro Sports Daily and I noticed a curious headline that read “Screw Aramis”. The link was to the forum where a person who uses the handle “Cubswoo” had posted the following:

I am getting so tired of this Aramis situation.
How greedy do you have to be to want more money than the 2 years 22 million dollars left on his contract?
If he wants to opt out let him opt out and get more money elsewhere, he’s a good player but he’s no Albert Pujols, the Cubs would have finished in last place with or without him last year and most of his home runs were garbage home runs when the games were way out of hand. We can get a serviceable 3rd baseman for a quarter of what Ramirez wants for 1 year until Moore is ready and use the money saved by signing some good players that actually want to be here.

I’m interested in who this serviceable third-baseman he speaks of is. Perhaps it’s the great Vinny Castilla. Or maybe he wants youth and desires the wiffmaster, Russell Branyan. He doesn’t get into specifics. He does go on to say:

basic principle of business? It’s called GREED
How can a guy who never hustles and tries to catch balls with his head possibly ask for more money?
There is no doubt that he is a good player but he is not an elite player that can command a big raise just because he almost had 40 home runs in a year.
If he really wanted to win he would be happy with the 12 million the Cubs are paying him and not ask for 3 million more a year because that 3 million dollars can sign a pretty good free agent or at least help pay for an even better free agent that can help the Cubs win.

What made me laugh the most though was this:

I like the guys who go to management and are willing to take a pay cut and restructure their deals to help free up money to help the team get better.

I wonder what he would do if HIS boss called him into the office and asked him to take pay cut so they could hire another marketing person in the company. People need to remember, that baseball is a business. Cry all you want about greed, but if you were in the situation, you would do the exact same thing. You’d be a bad businessman not to.

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