Drew Silva dives into Cleveland Guardians' Jose Ramirez new contract in Cleveland and how Ramirez will continue to produce for years to come.
DREW SILVA: Jose Ramirez probably could have or even should have bet on himself and charted a path to free agency after the 2023 season. But he instead agreed to a five-year, $124 million extension with the Guardians just a few days before Opening Day. It can run through 2028. That is certainly a sizable deal for any normal athlete.
Ramirez, though, is by far the best third baseman in baseball and the only third base-eligible player to be selected in the first round of 12-team, even 16-team, drafts this spring. He's off to a roaring start in 2022 and currently averaging 36 home runs, 107 RBIs, 28 stolen bases, and 110 runs scored for every 162 games played since the beginning of 2017, all accompanied by a .918 OPS across that same six-year period.
Jose checks every box and will continue to do so in Cleveland for longer than we might have expected. The new contract, by the way, comes with a full no-trade clause.