MLB News: Alexei Ramirez Gets Extension to Stay on the South Side
MLB Rumors: Alexei Ramirez won the AL Silver Slugger award for shortstops in 2010, and after three seasons he has firmly entrenched himself as one of the White Sox core players.
Today, while it's not yet official, MLB.com is reporting that the team and Ramirez have agreed on a four year contract extension, supposedly worth $32.5 million, with a fifth year option that would add another $10 million.
While Ramirez is certainly a talented player, his getting a deal of this kind of value is a bit surprising. He hasn't shown much progression in his three seasons in the bigs, with his rookie year still standing as perhaps his finest season. But the fact is that he provides above average offense at a premium defensive position, and the White Sox clearly don't want to take a chance at letting him slip out of their grasp. Better to lock him up now while he's still relatively affordable than wait until he really becomes a star.
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