CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs say third baseman Aramis Ramirez has exercised his $14.6 million option and will return to the team next season.
Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said on a conference call Wednesday that Ramirez told the club at the end of the season that he would be back.
Chicago got off to a slow start in part because Ramirez struggled early on. He was bothered by injuries and batted .241 with 25 homers and 83 RBIs in 124 games.
The Cubs finished 75-87 in next-to-last place in the NL Central last season.
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