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Trade Watch: Aramis Ramirez is headed back to the Pirates

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Trade Watch: Aramis Ramirez is headed back to the Pirates

Aramis Ramirez is headed back to where it all began.

The veteran third baseman was traded from the Milwaukee Brewers to the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday afternoon, joining the Buccos for their stretch run.

Pittsburgh is reportedly sending 23-year-old minor league pitcher Yhonathan Barrios to Milwaukee and paying $3 million of the $5.47 million remaining on Ramirez's 2015 contract:

 

 

Ramirez, 37, signed with the Pirates out of the Dominican Republic in 1994 and spent six years in Pittsburgh before the famous trade to the Cubs in the 2003 season.

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Ramirez - who was 25 at the time - was sent to the Cubs along with veteran Kenny Lofton and helped the North Siders to within five outs of the World Series in that 2003 campaign.

Ramirez spent nine years with the Cubs, hitting .294 with 239 homers and an .887 OPS in Chicago.

He figures to man third base for the Pirates while Josh Harrison is on the disabled list with a thumb injury. Even when Harrison returns, Ramirez could stick at third at least part-time, as Harrison is versatile enough to play all over the diamond.

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Ramirez adds a veteran bat in the middle of the Pirates order as they look to chase down the St. Louis Cardinals and hold off the Cubs in the ultra-competitive NL Central.

Cubs Talk Podcast: Mailbag edition

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Mailbag edition

3:00 - Listener question: Espada or Ross? Kelly Crull shares some inside info on Joe Espada

7:30 - Kelly talks about David Ross' second interview for the Cubs managerial job.

11:30 - Listener question: Say it is Espada, do you see any way David Ross comes on as a coach behind Espada?

13:30 - Listener question: Could the team regress further due to a lack of familiarity with a new manager?

20:10 - Listener question: How hard will Theo and Jed go after Gerrit Cole? And if he's not available who else is?

23:30 - Listener question: Are you trying to extend Castellanos?

26:00 - Listener question: If you sign Castellanos are you also trading Kyle Schwarber?

28:45 - Listener question: Should the Cubs trade Kris Bryant? What would they get back in return?

33:00 - Lighting round: Will Nico Hoerner be the opening day second baseman and keep the job in 2020?

33:10 - Lightning round: Will the Cubs bring back Cole Hamels?

33:45 - Can we and should we clone Javy Baez so we have a fresh Javy when he retires, or is that unethical?

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

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Cubs reportedly had second interview with David Ross

Cubs reportedly had second interview with David Ross

The Cubs' managerial search is in full swing as they continue to line up intriguing candidates to replace Joe Maddon. In recent weeks, Houston Astros bench coach Joe Espada's name has been floated out as a strong candidate, with reports stating that the Cubs had already scheduled their second interview with the much sought after coach

While the fact that Espada is such a strong candidate in the midst of a World Series run has led many to believe he is the runaway favorite right now, it is still very much so a wide-open race. 

It was reported that while not extremely publicized, former Cub David Ross is believed to have had his second interview with the Cubs organization this week. 

Ross, who was extremely clutch in the Cubs 2016 World Series win, has an obvious and extended history with the organization. And while there are no concrete reports on the nature of any follow-up discussions between Ross and the Cubs, it was stated that the two sides have in fact at least had those expanded conversations.

As Kelly Crull hinted at in her tweet, Ross's position with the franchise definitely makes his negotiations about the managerial opening a bit more fluid, which may lead to fewer updates on his specific discussions with the team.  

Ross and Espada certainly sound like the favorites to land the Cubs' managerial opening, as our own David Kaplan stated that manager Joe Girardi, who has been connected to the Cubs throughout this search, looks like the front-runner for the Philadephia Phillies managerial spot. 

The 2019 World Series between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros kicks off on Tuesday night. Traditionally you do not see MLB franchises make their managerial hiring announcements during the World Series,  so the Cubs' announcement could come on one of the World Series off-days, as early as Thursday. 

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