The Indians have locked up another one of their key players.
The defending American League champions signed 24-year-old third baseman Jose Ramirez to a five-year contract extension that includes team options for the 2022 and 2023 seasons.
The contract extension is worth $26 million and the option years create a maximum value of $50 million, according to MLB.com. Ramirez was entering his final pre-arbitration season, but allof his arbitration years are now covered in the new contract.
Ramirez, who played in the Dominican Prospect League before signing with the Indians in 2009, tweeted a statement saying he was grateful for the new contract that keeps him home in Cleveland.
Dear Cleveland, pic.twitter.com/qI8g5DeC6J
— Jose Ramirez (@MrLapara) March 28, 2017
Ramirez made his MLB debut late in the 2013 season and was a valuable utility player for the Indians before having a breakout season last year. He became Cleveland's starting third baseman and posted a slash line of.312/.363/.462 with 11 home runs and 76 RBIs in 565 at-bats. His 46 doubles were second in the American League and set a franchise record for switch hitters.
The Indians now have 20 players signed through the 2018 season, keeping their core intact as they make another push for the AL pennant.