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Aramis Ramirez Might Return Now That Theo Is In Charge

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When the 2011 Cubs season ended, third baseman Aramis Ramirez sounded like he had no interest in returning to the Cubs. Now that Theo Epstein is in charge, the Cubs veteran seems to be singing a different tune. In an interview with ESPNChicago Ramirez told reporters,

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"I'm really happy the Cubs have brought in Theo Epstein to run the team," Ramirez told ESPNChicago by phone from his home in the Dominican Republic. "Now that the Cubs have a new leader with a new outlook, I'd certainly listen to them about remaining with the team."

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In the same interiew Ramirez's, agent Paul Kinzer also expressed his client's change in opinion,

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"At the time they said they wouldn't be able to address Aramis' free agency because that would be the new general manager's decision," Kinzer said. "Now that Theo's in place, that changes everything for us. We'd love to talk to him about staying in Chicago. Aramis has said all along that staying with the Cubs was his priority and No. 1 choice. Hopefully we'll be able to get something done with Theo and his new group of baseball people when they are in place."

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Keeping Ramirez could be a nice move for the Cubs,