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11/12/2006 2:37 PM ET
Cubs agree to five-year deal with Ramirez
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The Chicago Cubs on Sunday announced that the club has agreed to a five-year deal with Aramis Ramirez that will keep the third baseman with the Cubs through the 2011 season. The contact also includes a mutual option for the 2012 season.

Ramirez, 28, set career bests with 38 home runs and 119 RBIs with the Cubs in 2006, while his .965 fielding percentage (13 errors in 375 total chances) led National League third basemen and ranked fifth overall in the Majors at that position. In addition to his 38 long balls, he added 38 doubles, making him just the sixth Cub to reach 35 doubles and home runs in the same season. He drove in 94 of his team-leading 119 RBIs after May 31, becoming just the fifth different Cub since 1954 to tally 90 or more RBIs after June 1.

The right-handed hitter ranks among the Majors' elite third basemen, as his 38 home runs last season tied Toronto's Troy Glaus for the most by a third baseman. His RBI total ranked third among all third basemen, as only the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez (121 RBIs) and Colorado's Garrett Atkins (120) had more.

In three-plus seasons with the Cubs, Ramirez has batted .298 (547-for-1,836) with 120 home runs and 353 RBIs in 488 games for Chicago. He was originally acquired by the Cubs (along with outfielder Kenny Lofton) from the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 22, 2003, in exchange for infielders Jose Hernandez and Bobby Hill, along with pitcher Matt Bruback.

All told, Ramirez has hit 196 home runs in 1,047 games with the Pirates (1998-2003) and the Cubs (2003-06). He owns a .279 career batting average (1,089-for-3,897), with 224 doubles, 11 triples and 669 RBIs.

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