Guardians Make Last-Ditch Effort To Extend Jose Ramirez

The Cleveland Guardians are apparently making a last-ditch effort to extend their superstar 3rd baseman Jose Ramirez with a long-term deal. 

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reported on Friday that contract talks appeared to have broken down. However, today, MLB Insider Hector Gomez is reporting that the Guardians have made another, more lucrative offer. 

The new offer is reported to be a 5-year extension wroth $104M, bringing his total, including the two years remaining on his current deal, to $130M over 7 years. 

The Guardians have set Opening Day as the deadline for getting a new deal done. 

The 3-time All-Star is already the highest-paid player on the Guardians. He’ll make $12M this year, while the team has a club option worth $14 million for 2023. 

If nothing gets done, Ramirez is set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2024. 

The 29-year-old mashed 36 HR to go along with 103 RBI, 111 runs and 27 stolen bases in 2021. He has finished in the top three of the AL MVP voting three times since 2017.

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