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3B Aramis Ramirez's agents and general manager Jim Hendry have exchanged numbers in hopes of restructuring his deal.

Ramirez is in the middle of a four-year, $42 million contract, and he has an "out" clause in the deal. Ramirez could become a free agent after the World Series if the deal is not redone.

--C Michael Barrett, who missed the final month of the season with a groin injury and 10 games because of a suspension earlier, tied a career high with 16 home runs in 2006. He also hit a career-best .307.

--CF Juan Pierre, who will be a free agent after the World Series, not only became the first Cubs hitter with 200 or more hits since Ryne Sandberg (1984), but he also set a club record for at-bats with 699.

--Mike Quade, who was Triple-A Iowa's manager, interviewed for the vacant manager's job. If he doesn't get it, he could be considered for a coaching job on the parent squad. He served as an interim third base coach for a week this season.

--Pat Listach, who managed Double-A West Tenn this season, interviewed for the vacant manager's job. If he doesn't get the job, he will be considered for a big-league coaching position.

BY THE NUMBERS: 16 -- Rookies the Cubs used in 2006, including nine pitchers.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Joe was pleased to come to town and see some of the people here at Wrigley Field who were here during his playing days." -- Cubs general manager Jim Hendry on interviewing Joe Girardi for the vacant manager's position.

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