Cubs are still first choice for third baseman Ramirez

Updated: November 2, 2006, 8:10 PM ET
Associated Press

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Third baseman Aramis Ramirez hopes to stay with the Chicago Cubs.


Ramirez said Thursday that several teams have contacted his agent to discuss his availability since he filed for free agency this week.

"The Cubs are my first choice but I'm a free agent because I had to give myself the opportunity," Ramirez said during an interview with The Associated Press.

Ramirez had 28 homers and 121 RBI. He declined to exercise player ...

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