Aramis Ramirez Returning to Cubs in 2011

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Aramis Ramirez exercised his option for 2011 and the Cubs don't have to worry about finding a third baseman.

The Cubs also announced Thursday that pitcher Angel Guzman was outrighted off the 40-man roster. He cleared waivers and became a free agent. However, Guzman and the Cubs have agreed to a Minor League contract for 2011 with an invitation to Major League Spring Training.

The Cubs' 40-man roster is now at 37.

Ramirez will be paid $14.6 million next year, boosting the total the Cubs are already committed to in player salaries for 2011 to $103 million. The third baseman had until midnight Thursday to decide whether he would stay with the Cubs, and if not, he would have become a free agent.

He batted .241 with 21 doubles, 25 homers and 83 RBIs in an injury filled season, hitting just .162 in the first two months.

Guzman's career has been interrupted by injuries. The right-hander was diagnosed in early March with a significant tear in a ligament in his right shoulder and he had surgery to correct it. He started playing catch three times a week in mid-October.

Guzman knows the rehab routine too well. In 2003, he had surgery on his shoulder to repair a small tear in the back of his labrum. In September '07, he underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

He was finally healthy in 2009 and appeared in a career-high 55 games, compiling a 2.95 ERA. ... p;c_id=chc

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