Terry Francona Downplays Jose Ramirez Trade Rumors

Isaiah De Los Santos
Cleveland Guardians manager Terry Francona has downplayed trade rumors involving third baseman Jose Ramirez.
Cleveland Guardians manager Terry Francona has downplayed trade rumors involving third baseman Jose Ramirez. / Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

With big trades going down around the league, all eyes are now on the future of Cleveland Guardians star Jose Ramirez. The standout third baseman has popped up in recent rumors as Cleveland reassesses its roster heading into the 2022 season.

Guardians manager Terry Francona recently weighed in on the noise surrounding a potential Ramirez deal.

Jose Ramirez Trade Rumors

Francona opted to downplay the rumors despite the buzz growing. Cleveland's manager responded by saying he would "ink Joise into the three hole," which seems to suggest Francona thinks Ramirez will be in the lineup for this team to start the year.

Still, this could all be coach-speak. Teams usually don't want to broadcast their true intentions in case it hurts their bargaining position, so it's very possible Cleveland is hearing out offers while publicly saying they see Ramirez being part of the future.

MLB insider Ken Rosenthal recently confirmed that the Guardians spoke to the Toronto Blue Jays about a potential Ramirez deal, so it's not like a trade is completely off of the table. Although that is probably off the table with Toronto's recent acquisition of Matt Chapman from the A's, others could certainly be interested in Ramirez.

Cleveland could certainly get a ransom in return for Ramirez's services. The 3B is coming off of his third All-Star selection, slashing .266/.355/.538 in 2021 while recording 36 home runs and 103 RBI.

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