Indians, Ramirez agree to contract extension

The Cleveland Indians are finalizing a four-year contract with third baseman Jose Ramirez worth $30 million according to sources. Ramirez joins Jason Kipnis, Yan Gomes, Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, and Edwin Encarnacion as key Indians signed through at least 2020 (counting club options).

Ramirez's extension, first reported by Yahoo!

The deal extends through all of Ramirez's arbitration-eligible years, so when the contract that was negotiated by his agents at Beverly Hills Sports Council is up, he'll be able to hit the free agent market.

The deal, which includes two club options, will kick in next season and give the Indians control of Ramirez through the 2023 season.

Jose Ramirez was arguably the Indians' most valuable player last season, and he is about to be rewarded for it.

In the Indians' run to the World Series, he shined the most in the Fall Classic, slashing.310/.333/.448 while tying for a team-high nine hits, including a solo homer in Game 5.

Second base is Ramirez's natural position, but he started in left field past year when Michael Brantley began the 2016 season on the disabled list.

Coming into spring training this past year, Ramirez was battling for a spot in the outfield alongside other Opening Day teammates like Tyler Naquin, Marlon Byrd and Collin Cowgill.

Ramirez had a breakthrough season with the Captains in 2012 when he was 19 years old.

Ramirez is set to be the Indians' starting third baseman, but may have to play second for the defending American League champions to start the year with Kipnis sidelined for a couple of weeks due to shoulder inflammation.

  • Salvatore Jensen