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 all of 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.
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.