Busy Sunday

The Chicago Cubs on Sunday announced that the club has agreed to a five-year deal with Aramis Ramirez that will keep the third baseman with the Cubs through the 2011 season. The contact also includes a mutual option for the 2012 season.

Ramirez Stays Put

Ramirez, 28, set career bests with 38 home runs and 119 RBIs with the Cubs in 2006, while his .965 fielding percentage (13 errors in 375 total chances) led National League third basemen and ranked fifth overall in the Majors at that position. In addition to his 38 long balls, he added 38 doubles, making him just the sixth Cub to reach 35 doubles and home runs in the same season. He drove in 94 of his team-leading 119 RBIs after May 31, becoming just the fifth different Cub since 1954 to tally 90 or more RBIs after June 1.

The right-handed hitter ranks among the Majors' elite third basemen, as his 38 home runs last season tied Toronto's Troy Glaus for the most by a third baseman. His RBI total ranked third among all third basemen, as only the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez (121 RBIs) and Colorado's Garrett Atkins (120) had more.

In three-plus seasons with the Cubs, Ramirez has batted .298 (547-for-1,836) with 120 home runs and 353 RBIs in 488 games for Chicago. He was originally acquired by the Cubs (along with outfielder Kenny Lofton) from the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 22, 2003, in exchange for infielders Jose Hernandez and Bobby Hill, along with pitcher Matt Bruback.

All told, Ramirez has hit 196 home runs in 1,047 games with the Pirates (1998-2003) and the Cubs (2003-06). He owns a .279 career batting average (1,089-for-3,897), with 224 doubles, 11 triples and 669 RBIs.

Wood, Too

The Chicago Cubs on Sunday announced that the club has agreed to a one-year deal with right-handed pitcher Kerry Wood for the 2007 season.

Wood, 29, ranks fifth in club history with 1,299 career strikeouts -- just six strikeouts behind Greg Maddux (1,305) for fourth in franchise annals. In 189 career games (178 starts) since making his Major League debut in 1998, Wood has compiled a 71-56 record with a 3.68 ERA (461 ER in 1,128 2/3 IP). Wood has averaged 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings pitched, third-highest in baseball since 1998 -- Randy Johnson has averaged 11.1 strikeouts per nine innings while Pedro Martinez has averaged 10.5.

The 1998 National League Rookie of the Year has compiled a 3.69 ERA (458 ER in 1,116 2/3 IP) and a 71-55 record in 178 starts while posting a 2.25 ERA (3 ER in 12 IP) in 11 relief appearances, all coming in August 2005.

Wood battled right shoulder injuries for the third straight season in 2006, as he appeared in just four games (four starts), going 1-2 with a 4.12 ERA (9 ER in 19 2/3 IP). He began the season on the disabled list, recovering from arthroscopic surgery performed on Aug. 31, 2005. Wood made four starts from May 18-June 6 before he landed back on the shelf for the remainder of the season with right shoulder stiffness.


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