José Ramirez Cleveland Guardians Contract 2022
The Cleveland Guardians and All-Star third baseman José Ramirez have agreed to a five-year, $124 million contract extension, a source close to the arrangement tells the AP.
According to a source who spoke on condition of anonymity, Ramirez’s contract will expire at the end of the 2028 season.
The 2022 season of the Guardians will get underway on Thursday in Kansas City, where they will play their first game of the year.
At training camp in Arizona, the organization and Ramirez’s representatives had been discussing a contract extension for weeks.
During the offseason, Paul Dolan, owner of the Cleveland Indians, has been severely criticized for his lack of expenditure and the team’s low payroll.
A five-year contract agreement with reliever Emmanuel Clase and a contract extension with outfielder Hanley Ramirez were signed just days ago.
Encarnacion’s six-year, $60 million contract was Cleveland’s highest ever awarded to a player. Ramirez’s new agreement doubles that amount.
A five-year, $26 million contract extension signed by Ramrez in 2016 had two years remaining on it.
He became the highest-paid player in Cleveland with a contract that includes two team options at $12 million in 2022 and $14 million the following season.
In 2009, the Cleveland Indians signed the Dominican native as a minor leaguer and he had voiced his intention to remain with the team for the rest of his career.
Ramirez was a three-time All-Star hitter with a batting average of.
Last year, he hit 266 with 36 home runs and 103 RBIs. In the last five seasons, he’s finished in the top three of the MVP voting three times.