"I ain't going anywhere," he said before Monday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies. "That's it."
But Ramirez then said "right now" or "for now" five times in a four-minute conversation with ESPNChicago.com.
"Not right now," he said. "Right now, I'm staying here. For now."
Ramirez's agent, Paul Kinzer, said he was en route to Chicago on Monday to talk to the third baseman about his future. Despite Ramirez's words to the contrary, nothing is guaranteed, aside from his 2011 salary.
If the Cubs make it known they don't want him next year, Ramirez's stance could change, his agent said. Finishing strong for a contender would likely boost his value in the offseason, when he could be a free agent.
"It's hard to see what the future holds for him in Chicago," Kinzer said in a phone conversation. "We'll sit down and talk. He's always wanted to finish his career in Chicago, but sometimes, it's not the player's choice."
Ramirez, in the last year of his five-year, $75 million contract, would be an attractive deadline acquisition for a number of teams that need help at third base. Before Monday's game, he was hitting .300 with 16 homers and 56 RBIs. In his last 22 games, he's hitting .373 with 11 homers and 23 RBIs.
The Los Angeles Angels are rumored to be interested in Ramirez, according to a recent tweet by Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, which also stated Ramirez won't waive his 10-5 trade rights.
Ramirez would get a $1 million bump this season if he is traded, and his $16 million club option for 2012 would automatically vest. If a team wanted Ramirez, his agent said they would have to agree to let him decline the option or allow him to make it a player option. Because of that, Kinzer isn't optimistic about a potential deal.
Ramirez said he wants to win next year, so it seems like it would make sense he would bail out of a fifth-place team, but family trumps everything, he said. If he were single, he said he'd be content to "live in a hotel for the last three months."
"My family's here," he said. "I got two little boys. It's hard to move in the middle of the season. I've done that before and that's not fun. That's the end of that. I've heard a lot of it, but right now I'm not going anywhere."
However, Ramirez doesn't live in Chicago all year. His family is leaving Chicago for the Dominican Republic before the end of the summer to start school.
Jon Greenberg is a columnist and reporter for ESPNChicago.com.