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The San Diego Padres are reportedly interested in a trade with the Cleveland Guardians for third baseman Jose Ramirez.
The San Diego Padres are aiming to strengthen their preseason roster to compete in the National League. They did just that by acquiring starting pitcher Sean Manaea from the Oakland Athletics. But the Padres are reportedly not done before opening day on April 7.
According to Z101 Digital’s Hector Gomez, the Padres are interested in a trade with the Cleveland Guardians to acquire third baseman Jose Ramirez.
Padres were reportedly interested in trading with Jose Ramirez
Ramirez is set to land a new contract in the near future. He is scheduled to earn $12 million for the 2022 season and has a $14 million club option for the 2023 season, at which point he will become an unrestricted free agent.
According to Cleveland.com’s Paul Hoynes, the Guardians and Ramirez were in talks about a contract extension but they appear to be “stuck if not exited”.
After finishing as AL MVP runner-up in the abridged 2020 season, Ramirez delivered strong numbers in 2021. In 152 games, the third baseman averaged .266/.355/.538 and recorded 36 home runs, 103 RBI, 111 runs scored and 147 hits.
The Padres will start the season without Fernando Tatis Jr as he recovers from a wrist injury. Still, their infield is pretty crowded with Manny Machado, Jake Cronenworth, and Ha-Seong Kim.
Adding Ramirez to the Padres will add even more power to their lineup. It remains to be seen whether there will actually be a trade.
https://fansided.com/2022/04/05/mlb-rumors-padres-interested-jose-ramirez-trade-opening-day/ Padres interested in trading Jose Ramirez ahead of opening day