Why the Seattle Mariners Should Trade for Jose Ramirez

Curtis Christianson
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - MAY 13: Jose Ramirez #11 of the Cleveland Indians watches his home run against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning at T-Mobile Park on May 13, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - MAY 13: Jose Ramirez #11 of the Cleveland Indians watches his home run against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning at T-Mobile Park on May 13, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) /
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Cleveland Gets a Balanced Return for Jose Ramirez

Again, the Mariners get their new cornerstone on offense in Ramirez. He not only is a great hitter and defender, but is also a solid baserunner. He had a sprint speed of 28.2 this season, which would have been the third fastest on the Mariners, behind Sam Haggerty and Dylan Moore.

Ramirez would need to be signed to an extension by the Mariners as well, as they are giving up a major prospect haul in this trade. He is going to be 29 this year, and he will be under club control through his age 30 season. An extension to keep him in Seattle would be essential as the Mariners try to make their team a perennial postseason threat and eventually win a World Series.

Here, Cleveland gets Marte and Hancock, who would need to be included in about any deal that could land Jose Ramirez. They get another hitter in DeLoach who could get to the big leagues in two years for them, as well as a promising rotation arm in Williamson. Cleveland gets two impact bats and two starting pitchers for the future.

Overall, it is going to take a lot to land Jose Ramirez from Cleveland, but the Mariners should not feel tied to prospects who they hope will turn into the exact caliber of player Ramirez is today.

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