It seems that we can finally put the Jose Ramirez To Toronto idea to bed.
According to Jon Heyman, Ramirez has inked a five-year, $124 million extension to stick around in Cleveland (he also appears to not be aware of the team’s name change). Ramirez’s current deal was set to expire following the 2023 season.
Jose Ramirez is in agreement on a $124M 5-year extension with Indians. Now guaranteed $150M. More than doubles previous Tribe record deal of $60M (Edwin Encarnacion).
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) April 6, 2022
This has been quite the saga over the past few weeks. There was a Hector Gomez rumour that stated Ramirez was nearing a deal with Cleveland and that they would do whatever it took to keep him with the team for life, and then it was reported that the deal was all but dead because they low-balled him, and then Carlos Baerga got in the mix by again posting Ramirez in Blue Jays gear on his Instagram and doing an advertisement-filled Instagram Live show about it.
Anyways, here we are now. Cleveland has finally paid a star to stick around and Ramirez won’t be a Blue Jay, meaning we’ll collectively have to find a new player to obsess about before the trade deadline.
The Blue Jays will go into the 2022 season with a platoon of Santiago Espinal and Cavan Biggio at second base. Orelvis Martinez is a name to watch here as well, as he’s starting in Double-A and the word is that he’ll get some playing time at second. That would likely be his fastest path to the big leagues.