I just spoke with agent Paul Kinzer, who represents free-agent third baseman Aramis Ramirez. He said he and Ramirez are taking "a break" this weekend with their families at Disney World and doesn't expect to talk to Brewers GM Doug Melvin.

That's probably fine with Melvin, too, because he said Thursday he planned to return from the winter meetings in Dallas and "look at things and see where we are." Whether he has the financial leeway to continue to pursue Ramirez remains to be seen but both sides agree he would be a good fit in Milwaukee.