Ramirez opts out of contract, extension coming?

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Ramirez opts out of contract, extension coming?

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010
3:48 PM

By Jeremy Lynn
CSNChicago.com

Though it comes as no surprise, White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez made it official on Wednesday, opting out of his 1.1 million contract for 2011.

The White Sox now have a week to pick up a 2.5 million option on Ramirez and all indications are they will do so while talking with Ramirez's agent, Jamie Torres, about a long-term extension for the 2010 Silver Slugger award winner.

"We're very willing to discuss that," Torres said. "If there is a person happy at being a Chicago White Sox, it is Alexei Ramirez."

Ramirez hit .282 with 18 home runs and 70 RBIs in 2010. Despite losing the Gold Glove award to Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, Ramirez was widely regarded as the best fielding shortstop in the American League last season as well.

White Sox may have to deal with Francisco Lindor for a while, according to unlikely source

White Sox may have to deal with Francisco Lindor for a while, according to unlikely source

Sources have confirmed that kids really do say the darndest things. 

In a spring training game Sunday afternoon, 6-year-old Brody Chernoff, son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff, spilled the beans on his dad's prospective moves. Goated by announcer Todd Hamilton, Brody said that his dad was trying to keep Lindor in Cleveland for seven more years.

On one hand, Brody's honesty rivals a young Abraham Lincoln. Not even Adrian Wojnarowski could cultivate a source so honest and to the point. On the other, his dad probably is a little shocked that contract offer leaks are coming from his own family. 

Either way, though, hearing that Lindor may be in Cleveland for a while is bad news for the White Sox. The 23-year-old stud shortstop has hit over .300 in his first two big-league seasons. So definitely not someone you want to have in your division for years to come. Oh, plus he's absolutely nasty with the leather. 

Cubs fans know all about Lindor's talents, too. The shortstop hit .296 in his first World Series and was almost a key reason the Indians captured the crown. Almost!

Watch the hilarious exchange in the video above. 

Today on CSN: White Sox tangle with Dodgers in spring training game

Today on CSN: White Sox tangle with Dodgers in spring training game

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