Jose Ramirez Agrees to Historic 5-Year, $150-Million Contract Extension with Cleveland Guardians 

Jose Ramirez is extending his time in Ohio…

The 29-year-old Dominican professional baseball player, an MLB All-Star third baseman and the Cleveland Guardians have agreed on a five-year, $124 million contract extension, according to ESPN.

Jose RamirezThe deal includes a full no-trade clause, per sources. With this year and the pickup of a 2023 option, Ramirez is guaranteed $150 million.

Cleveland set the table for this move during the offseason, picking up Ramirez’s $12 million contract option on November 5 after an MVP-caliber campaign for Ramirez. The formal transaction allowed the franchise some room for longer-term negotiations once baseball’s work stoppage ended.

The five-year, $124 million extension is the largest in franchise history, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. The Guardians had been one of five Major League Baseball teams that had never agreed to a $100 million contract with a player. The Oakland AthleticsPittsburgh PiratesKansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox are the others.

Ramirez, who has finished in the top three of the American League MVP voting three times in his career, was one of few bright spots for Cleveland’s inconsistent offense during the team’s final season with its old nickname. He hit .266 with 36 home runs, 103 RBIs and 27 steals in the final year of what was a team-friendly $26 million, four-year contract.

“I would really like to stay,” Ramirez said after Cleveland finished 80-82 last year, the club’s first losing season since 2012. “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.”

The veteran’s future has been a hot topic during spring training in Goodyear, Arizona, and manager Terry Francona was not afraid to open up about it last month.

“I think Jose knows how we feel about him,” Francona told reporters during a March 17 media availability. “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.”

Chris Antonetti, Cleveland’s president, also addressed his star infielder’s future in Arizona last month.

“Without getting into specifics, I do think we’ll have some internal conversations,” Antonetti said about the new deal. “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.”

Ramirez is the only position player left from Cleveland’s 2016 pennant-winning team, which lost the World Series in seven games. He has been in the majors since 2013, spending his entire career with Cleveland. In his first season, he appeared in just 15 games, but he has topped 120 games in five seasons since — and has stayed relatively healthy.

Francona expects to use Ramirez in the No. 3 spot in the batting order this season, telling reporters last month that it was safe to “ink” him in that spot moving forward.

The Guardians will open the year Thursday against the Kansas City Royals. In that game, right-hander Shane Bieber will become the 12th pitcher in franchise history to make three consecutive Opening Day starts.

Opening Day will also see the return of Francona to regular-season action for Cleveland after missing time because of toe surgery.

“It’s been a hard couple years, there’s no getting around it,” Francona said. “And I don’t want to act like a big baby because I know there’s people that have had way worst bouts than I had. But it’s not been easy.”

Jose Ramirez Hits Two Homers in First Game Back from the Injured List

Jose Ramirez is back with a vengeance…

The 27-year-old Dominican professional baseball player and Cleveland Indians said he was “ready to play” following his activation from the injured list on Tuesday. Two home runs later, it appears he was understating matters.

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The switch-hitting Ramirez smacked a first-inning grand slam in his first plate appearance since August 24, swinging left-handed against Chicago White Soxstarter Carson Fulmer. He followed that up with a three-run shot from the right side of plate in the third against reliever Hector Santiago.

With the Indians up 11-0 entering the bottom of the fifth inning, manager Terry Francona replaced Ramirez in the lineup with Yu Chang. Ramirez finished the game 2-for-3, striking out in his final at-bat. The Indians wonby the same score.

It’s Ramirez’s third multi-homer game this year and first since August 15 in New York. The switch-hitting third baseman now has 12 career multi-homer games.

Ramirez surpassed his career high with the seven RBI. He tied his previous high of six RBI in a game during the Tribe’s 19-5 romp that featured a three-run homer and a two-run shot. He previously drove in six runs on April 15, 2017 against the Detroit Tigers.

“Seven RBIs his first two at-bats when he had surgery and hasn’t played in a month, that’s unbelievable,” Francona said.

Ramirez had missed four weeks during Cleveland’s drive for an American Leagueplayoff spot because of a fractured hamate bone in his right hand.

His seven RBIs through three innings Tuesday were a career high for a game.

“I was super, super happy,” Ramirez said after his big game. “It was great to be back with the guys and help however I [could].”

Ramirez was activated from the 10-day injured list prior to the contest. Ramirez, who turned 27 last week, suffered the hamate injury on August 24 against the Kansas City Royals. He had surgery two days later.

Ramirez said before the game that he’s still “not 100 percent on my wrist, but still I feel a big improvement.”

The two-time MLB All-Starhit .254 with 20 homers and 75 RBIs in his first 126 games this season. He was on a tear before getting hurt, hitting .320 with 15 homers and 45 RBIs in 46 games in July and August. 

Jose Ramirez to be Part of Cleveland Indians’ Opening Day Lineup

Jose Ramirez should be in the game on Opening Day…

The 26-year-old Dominican professional baseball third baseman is expected to be in the Cleveland Indians‘ opening day lineup Thursday, four days after fouling a pitch off the area below his left knee.

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Manager Terry Francona said that Ramirez should be ready to go for the opener against the Minnesota Twins. 

The MLB All-Starworked out Monday and Tuesday in Arizona, testing his bruised left knee while Cleveland finished its exhibition schedule with games against the Texas Rangers in the Lone Star State

Ramirez will join the team for a workout in Minnesota on Wednesday.

Ramirez left the field in a cart Sunday in a scary scene for the Indians, who will already be without shortstop Francisco Lindor and second baseman Jason Kipnis. Both players are working back from right calf strains.

Ramirez had 39 home runs and 105 RBI last season, finishing third in AL MVPvoting for the second straight year.