5. Aramis Ramirez
Years as a Brewer: 2012-2015
As a longtime member of the Chicago Cubs, Aramis was a Brewers killer back in his prime. Towards the end of his career, Ramirez signed a three year, $36 million contract with the Crew with an option for a fourth year that ended up being picked up.
With Milwaukee, Ramirez hit .284 with an .815 OPS and 65 homers over his three and a half seasons in a Brewers uniform.
In 2012, Aramis pounded 50 doubles, which led the league that year. He paired those doubles with a .300 average, 27 homers and 105 RBIs. Ramirez ended up finishing ninth in the NL MVP voting that season because of that performance, which was his best as a Brewer.
He missed some time in 2013, but bounced back strong in 2014 when he went to his only All Star Game with Milwaukee. Then everything collapsed around the team in 2014, and Aramis was traded in 2015 as one of the first dominos to fall in the rebuild.
Even though Ramirez never made it to the postseason with the Crew, he put up some good numbers. He was past his prime but he got the job done for a few years.
The Milwaukee Brewers signed Ramirez after the 2011 season which saw the Crew head to the NLCS. Prince Fielder left that winter and Ramirez was charged with filling the power void that Prince left behind. That’s no easy task but he did it well that first year. While the rest of the team couldn’t recover, Ramirez was at the very least a strong veteran presence who could still produce with the bat.