Ramirez will help but Brewers need more 

December, 12, 2011

The Milwaukee Brewers were almost certainly never going to re-sign Prince Fielder because they were so unlikely to be the high bidders on a player who seemed all along to be headed to the highest bidder. In that light, signing Aramis Ramirez to a reported three-year deal, even a somewhat overpriced one, is a reasonable alternative. They'll get back a good chunk of the offense they've lost without Fielder while limiting their downside with a short deal. (I didn't say eliminating their downside, though; they now have Ramirez under contract for his age 34-36 seasons, and he's the type of "old man's skills" player who ages poorly.) But if this is their big move of the offseason, is it really enough to make them contenders in 2012 against the World Series champs and a Reds team that should bounce back after an off year?

Keith Law

ESPN Senior Writer