Report: Aramis Ramirez to remain Cub

Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez cleared up his intentions for the 2011 season, telling the Chicago Sun-Times that he intends to exercise his $14.6 million option next season.

''I'm staying here,'' Ramirez told the paper.

Ramirez has a player option in his deal that would allow him to get out of the final guaranteed year that will pay him $14.6 million in 2011.

He also is guaranteed another $2 million as a buyout for the 2012 season if the Cubs don't pick it up at $15 million.

Ramirez, who has battled injuries the past two seasons, isn't sure how much longer he wants to play.

"It won't be very long. I miss a lot when I'm away from my family," Ramirez said on Saturday. "I have 12 years in the league. I don't know how long I'm going to play, but it won't be very long."

Ramirez, 32, has had a number of injuries this year, the worst year of his eight-plus seasons as a Cub. He is batting .242 with 22 home runs and 73 RBIs in 109 games. He has been hobbled by a right quad strain recently, and also dealt with a sore left rib cage and pain in his left thumb.