While Lindor is the name circulating the most in trade talks for the Cleveland Indians, Jose Ramirez is quietly making the rounds as well. Rivaling Lindor for the best offensive player on the Indians’ roster, Ramirez could draw just as much in return as Lindor if Cleveland opts to explore the market.
While Ramirez’s deal is considered a bargain for his level of play, he could still become too expensive in the eyes of the Indians’ brass. As I previously wrote in a story especially about trades for Ramirez, his contract will jump to $9.4 million in 2021 and then there are club options for 2022 and 2023 and $12 million and $14 million, respectively.
Thanks to Ramirez’s strong surge at the end of the season that thrust him into the MVP conversation, his price on the trade market might be the highest it has ever been. While Ramirez has been impressive during his time in an Indians’ uniform, the return might be too great to pass up for a team looking to save money and build for the future.
Additionally, the Indians have their No. 1 prospect Nolan Jones who is apparently ready to make the leap to the majors. A third baseman, Jones could make the decision to trade Ramirez that much easier.