Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010
By Jeremy Lynn
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.