The Cubs' most valuable player right now is Aramis Ramirez, who's so hot he's drawing interest from contenders that probably wouldn't have returned Jim Hendry's phone calls in early June.

Ramirez hit his 15th home run in his last 38 games Monday off the Phillies' Roy Halladay, after reiterating there's nothing new about his status with the Cubs.

"I'm at the same point that I was at two weeks ago, three weeks ago," Ramirez said. "Right now I'm not interested in a trade."

The operative words were "right now." Ramirez has the right to veto any trade because he's a 10-year veteran who's been on the same team for at least five years. He could change his mind after the July 31 deadline, as first baseman Derrek Lee did last August when he was dealt to the Braves. Before the trade deadline last year, Lee turned down a chance to go to the Angels.

Ramirez said the reasons he doesn't want to be traded right now are family-related.