Indians Offensive Player of the Year: Jose Ramirez
In a year that saw the Indians offense struggle, Jose Ramirez was a major bright spot.
Ramirez got off to an ice-cold start in July and early August but turned things around in the second half of the season to slash .292/.386/.607 with 17 home runs and 46 RBI’s.
The Indians infielder finished tied with LeMahieu among AL position players with a 2.8 WAR and will join Bieber among the finalists for the MVP Award.
Despite the Indians’ brief postseason stint, Ramirez’ monster regular season carried over as he hit .429 with four RBI’s in Cleveland’s two-game series loss to New York.
While much of the attention will be on Francisco Lindor this offseason, the Indians’ front office will also have a decision to make on Ramirez as his contract is set to expire after the 2020 season and he will likely be in line for a mega deal on the free-agent market.
Thus, his MVP caliber season may just have been his last, calling Progressive Field his home ballpark.
Honorable Mention: Cesar Hernandez (.283/.355/.408) 3 HR, 20 RBI’s