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MLB Rumors 2011: Angels To Make Offer To Aramis Ramirez?

The Los Angeles Angels received a visit from free agent third baseman Aramis Ramirez this week and are expected to make an offer to the former Chicago Cub soon, according to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. The Angels could use a bat for the middle of their batting order, and Ramirez would qualify after hitting .306/.361/.510 with 26 homers for the Cubs in 2011.

Alberto Callaspo is the current third baseman for the Angels, but his relatively low 2012 salary (MLBTR projects it at $3.1 million) should make him an heavily-pursued trade candidate. Ramirez would be a downgrade defensively but a clear upgrade from an offensive standpoint, allowing the Angels to pack the middle of the order with him, Torii Hunter and Howie Kendrick

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