In November of 2009, the Indians made a move that little could’ve anticipated when they signed 17-year old international free agent Jose Ramirez to a deal that included a $50,000 signing bonus.
After parts of three seasons in the minors, Ramirez was called up to the majors in 2013 but did not begin to truly breakout until 2016. That season, the Cleveland third basemen slashed .312/.362/.462 with 11 home runs and 76 RBI’s in 152 games.
In the postseason, he played a key role in the Indians’ ALDS sweep of the Red Sox, hitting .500 in the series and then hit .310 with a home run in Cleveland’s seven-game World Series loss to the Cubs.
He’d follow up his breakout 2016 season with back-to-back All-Star seasons in 2017 and 2018 and finished third in AL MVP voting in both seasons.
After a down year in 2019, Ramirez again played at an MVP level in the shortened 2020 season as he slashed .292/.386/.607 with 17 home runs and 46 RBI’s. He was named one of three AL MVP finalists in late October and will learn his MVP fate on Nov. 12.
Needless to say, this November signing will go down as one of the best in Cleveland Indians’ history.