Later this Friday evening, the Cleveland Indians decided to keep their young core together by extending Jose Ramirez to a four-year deal over what is said to believe of a real estimate of $26MM, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.
In addition, this deal will start entering the 2018 season. The deal will set him up to skip his three seasons of arbitration eligibility and one campaign of potential free-agent eligibility. With the two options, the Indians will pick up three new years worth of control, meaning Ramirez could be in Cleveland through his age-31 season.
Overall, Jose Ramirez was one of the better hitters in the lineup, as he batted .312 and knocking in 76 RBIs. Plus, he belted 11 homers and swiped 22 bags from the opposition.
Finally, Ramirez played a big part in the Indians run to the World Series and by being the main utility guy on the roster. He is also pretty much the team’s third baseman. If Jason Kipnis is unable to start the year, you could see Ramirez slide over to second base.