Cleveland Guardians hand Jose Ramirez the bag in massive new expansion

The Cleveland Guardians have agreed a massive extension with third baseman Jose Ramirez.

The day before MLB Opening Day 2022, the Cleveland Guardians agreed to a long-term contract extension with all-star third baseman Jose Ramirez.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that it’s a five-year contract extension worth $124 million. The deal includes a no-trade clause. Add in what he is expected to earn for the 2022 season and the 2023 option being picked up and Ramirez is set to make $150 million in guaranteed money. The 29-year-old Dominican switch-hitter is signed with Cleveland until his 35-year season in 2028.

There was a possibility that he would be traded if both parties could not reach an agreement.

Passan added that the Guardians were actively in talks with other big-league clubs about the possibility of trading Ramirez if they couldn’t agree to a long-term extension. The team that reportedly had the best chance of winning it would have been the San Diego Padres. Hard hit for Ole Slam Diego…

The other important thing Passan addressed is that Cleveland had not pledged any money to the Guardians players beyond the 2022 MLB season. Although they are in the process of rebuilding, many of their top prospects are expected to be called up shortly to complement Ramirez.

This move is both shocking and exciting as the Guardians have their franchise cornerstone.

The Cleveland Guardians agree a five-year contract extension with 3B Jose Ramirez

While Cleveland is unlikely to fight much this year, the Ramirez extension is great news for the Guardians. Ramirez has spent his entire big league career in Cleveland. The three-time AL All-Star has made the top 10 in AL MVP voting four times and brought home three silver sluggers in his nine seasons. He’s just starting out with the team.

No matter how gracefully he ages into his 30s, Ramirez has a chance to become an all-timer with the Cleveland franchise. If he lives up to his standard for most of his contract extension, Cleveland will retire his No. 11 jersey. While he still has a long way to go to one day build up his stat sheet for a possible Cooperstown anchorage, doing anything for a franchise will only help his case.

As for the future in Cleveland, patience will help. With the Chicago White Sox viable in the World Series and the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers in the wild card hunt, Cleveland will be battling for last spot in the AL Central with the Kansas City Royals. Again, this expansion isn’t about winning games in 2022, but preparing the Guardians for future success.

For Cleveland to pay someone big bucks before rebuilding, the franchise totally appreciates Ramirez. Cleveland Guardians hand Jose Ramirez the bag in massive new expansion

John Verrall

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