With the Cleveland Indians looking more like “sellers” than “buyers” ahead of the trade deadline, one can’t help but think Jose Ramirez may not actually get the chance to wear one of those new Guardians uniforms.
The Indians reportedly must be “overwhelmed” to trade their best player, so while a deal is unlikely don’t rule it out.
This team traded Corey Kluber and Mike Clevinger without batting an eye. Flipping players near the end of their contracts is what the organization has to do to stay competitive. They didn’t do it fast enough with Francisco Lindor, although that trade may still bare fruit.
Casual fans won’t understand all the talk surrounding a potential trade, nor should they. Jose Is “the guy” in Cleveland’s offense. Cleveland.com’s Paul Hoynes said something interesting on his recent Cleveland Baseball Podcast, citing a conversation he had with an executive who brought up the Rays.
Who was “The guy” in Tampa’s run to the World Series. Exactly.
Unfortunately, I remember what trying to find a third baseman was like before the Indians stumbled upon Ramirez. The late Andy Marte and Lonnie Chisenhall were prospects hailed as saviors at the position. Alas, it never worked out.
While Cleveland likely won’t deal Ramirez, here’s a look at five trade destinations for the three-time All-Star.