Brewers grab third baseman Jimenez off waivers

Former Angels slugging prospect an option to replace Ramirez, should he opt for free agency

Brewers grab third baseman Jimenez off waivers

MILWAUKEE -- With Aramis Ramirez's future in limbo until after the World Series, the Brewers on Monday won a waiver claim for Angels third baseman Luis Jimenez, a 26-year-old coming off his first 20-homer season in the Minor Leagues.

Jimenez, a right-handed hitter, has enjoyed brief stints in the Major Leagues with the Angels in each of the past two seasons, but he spent most of 2014 at Triple-A Salt Lake, where he batted .286 with 21 home runs, 34 doubles and 12 stolen bases in 469 at-bats. Over parts of eight Minor League seasons, he has played almost exclusively at third base, with occasional appearances at first base, catcher and shortstop.

Jimenez is out of Minor League options, so he will have to make the Brewers' roster out of Spring Training next year or be exposed to waivers again.

The incumbent Brewers third baseman is 36-year-old Ramirez, whose contract includes a $14 million mutual option for 2014 with a $4 million buyout. Even if the Brewers exercise their half of the option after the conclusion of the World Series, Ramirez may be tempted to decline in order to seek a multiyear deal on a relatively thin free-agent market for third basemen that figures to be led by San Francisco's Pablo Sandoval.

Ramirez hit .285 with 15 home runs and 66 RBIs in 133 games in 2014, his lowest production of any season in which he played at least 100 games.

Asked during the Brewers' final road trip whether the open market was tempting, Ramirez said, "I don't really know right now what I'm going to do. I have to go home and talk to my family. I don't know how much longer I want to play. We'll see after this season."

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.