Brewers sign free agent Aramis Ramirez

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers today signed free agent third baseman Aramis Ramirez to a three-year contract with a mutual option for 2015. Ramirez completed a physical examination earlier today in Milwaukee. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Melvin.

“Aramis has been one of the most consistent and productive offensive players in the game for many years,” said Melvin.  “His 2011 statistics were among some of his best as proven by his first career Silver Slugger Award.  We look forward to adding his potent bat to our lineup.”
 
Ramirez, 33, batted .306 with 26 HR and 93 RBI in 149 games last season with the Cubs.  He produced his ninth season with 25 or more home runs and his eighth season with 90 or more RBI.  The two-time National League All-Star (2005 and 2008) also has four seasons with 30 or more home runs and six seasons with 100 or more RBI.
 
Ramirez owns a .284 career batting average with 315 HR and 1,122 RBI in 1,683 games.  He has played for Pittsburgh (1998-2003) and Chicago-NL (2003-11).  His 312 career home runs as a third baseman tie Ron Cey for eighth on the all-time Major League list at that position.