Aramis Ramirez said he was "misunderstood" Thursday in Milwaukee when he wavered on his no-trade status by proclaiming "if they come to me with a trade, we'll see."

"The way it came out, it was like I want to leave, like I was ready to go somewhere else," he said. "And that's not the case."

Ramirez spoke to general manager Jim Hendry on Thursday night after reports of his wavering hit the Internet. Though Ramirez said he did not read any of the reports, his agent, Paul Kinzer, called him to tell him. Ramirez said he's "on the same page" with Hendry.

"He wants me here, and I want to stay here," he said.

Whether Ramirez will return in 2012 remains to be seen. The Cubs are unlikely to pick up his $16 million option but can exercise the $2 million buyout and renegotiate with him on a two-year deal.

"He always has expressed to me that this is where he would rather be, and his preference is to stay, and that's all there is to it," Hendry said. "He won't be traded by 3 o'clock on Sunday, and that's his right. That being said, he knows there is no guarantee he will be back next year, and there's no guarantee he won't be back."