Cleveland Indians: Five trade destinations for Jose Ramirez

Jose Ramirez #11 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
Jose Ramirez #11 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /
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Milwaukee Brewers, Cleveland Indians, Jose Ramirez
Christian Yelich #22 of the Milwaukee Brewers (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

Milwaukee Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers have been on the cusp of breaking through far more than once in the last few years, but there just always seems to be one thing or another that holds them back. They have one of the best players in the game in Christian Yelich and an impressive bullpen duo with Devin Williams and Josh Hader. Perhaps Jose Ramirez is the missing link.

While Yelich has been outstanding, there’s been a lack of help for him in the Brewers lineup. Keston Hiura showed promise in 2019, but led the National League in strikeouts during the 2020 season. It’s a similar story for both Orlando Arcia and Luis Urias. This is where Ramirez could be huge for the Brewers.

Given Ramirez’s ability at the plate, he could be the perfect compliment to Yelich. The two would be a nightmare duo for opposing pitchers. Plus, Ramirez’s low contract would allow the Brewers to possibly even add an arm to their rotation on top of him.

The upside for the Indians is that the Brewers might be willing to part with Arcia or Urias in a trade in addition to other prospects from the minor leagues. Either could offer immediate help in the infield to bridge the gap to the next wave of players in Cleveland.