Coming off his breakout 2016 season, utility man Jose Ramirez is nearing a four-year contract extension with the Cleveland Indians, according to a Yahoo! Sports report.
The deal, which would begin next season and keep Ramirez under contract through the 2023 season, includes two club options and would guarantee Ramirez close to $30 million, according to the report. If the Indians exercise both options, the deal would be worth nearly $50 million, the report said.
Ramirez, 24, posted a slash line of .312/.363/.462 with 11 home runs, 76 RBIs and 22 stolen bases last season, which was his fourth in the majors, all in Cleveland.
His versatility on the field was a key asset for the Indians during their World Series run. He played primarily at third base but also started games in left field, second base and shortstop.
With Jason Kipnis out for at least a month because of shoulder inflammation, Ramirez is among the Indians’ options to play second base to begin the season.