Jose Ramirez, All-Star Third Baseman, agrees to a 5-year extension with the Cleveland Guardians
Ricky Gray | April 6, 2022
In another Major League Baseball deal, Ramirez's deal is worth $124m, along with a "no-trade" clause
Jose Ramirez has now agreed to a 5-year, $124m contract extension with the Cleveland Guardians. Considering there's a full no-trade clause and the pick-up of a 2023 option, $150m is guaranteed to Ramirez.
The contract was first revealed to ESPN, who then reported more of the specifics, which includes the no-trade clause. During the offseason, Cleveland made it clear they would be pursuing Ramirez by picking up his $12 million contract option on November 5, 2021.
Ramirez has finished in the top three of the American League (AL) MVP voting three times in his career. Last season, he finished with a .266 batting average, 36 home runs, 103 RBIs, and 27 steals.
The 2021 outing was still on a team-friendly deal of 4 years, $26m. Now, since the Guardians want to keep him around, they'll have to pay quite a price.
Ramirez had this to say when the 2021 season came to a close, "I would really like to stay, but there's no rush. I would really like to stay here the rest of my career. But we have to wait to see what happens. I would love to see what they have to offer."
Manager Terry Francona addressed the situation on March 17 stating, "I think Jose knows how we feel about him. In this age of blogging and the Internet, there is so much out there that we could make ourselves crazy. I hope it doesn't make him crazy. I don't think it does."
The Guardians General Manager, Chris Antonetti, made a statement on Ramirez as well: "Without getting into specifics, I do think we'll have some internal conversations. The timing of that is really hard to say when we'll be able to do that, just because of the compressed nature of the offseason."
Now that they've secured Ramirez for five years, the team can move on to picking up other pieces to improve their offense. Francona has said that he expects to put Ramirez third in the batting order to start the season.
Cleveland's season opener will be against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, April 7.