8:51 am: Cleveland had also been actively discussing Ramirez trade scenarios in recent days, Passan tweets. The Padres, in particular, believed they had a legitimate chance to acquire him, and there was some expectation that the Guardians would’ve moved Ramirez had a long-term deal not been reached. Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets that the Padres, indeed, were “very much” trying to pry Ramirez from Cleveland.
8:24 am: Jose Ramirez won’t be going anywhere. The star infielder has agreed to a new five-year extension with the Guardians that will see his 2023 club option picked up and another five seasons and $ 124MM tacked onto his contract, reports ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Ramirez’s contract now runs through 2028 and contains a full no-trade clause as well, all but ensuring that he’ll remain in Cleveland for the long Haul.
The new contract is the largest in franchise history but will still be seen as a club-friendly deal. Ramirez has emerged as one of the game’s elite players at a time when annual salaries well north of $ 30MM have become commonplace, but the switch-hitting 29-year-old has been “Adamant” about his desire to remain in Cleveland during negotiations, tweets Zack Meisel of The Athletic. Ramirez was already set to earn $ 12MM this year, and next year’s now-exercised option came with a $ 14MM value, so he’ll now be guaranteed a total of $ 150MM over the next seven seasons.
More to come.