Cleveland Guardians’ Three Biggest Decisions For 2022

  • Share to Facebook
  • Share to Twitter
  • Share to Linkedin

Cleveland Guardians third baseman Jose Ramirez, who led the team in virtually every offensive … [+] category last season, is the only Cleveland player signed through the 2022 season. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)


Fresh off their first losing season since 2012, the Cleveland Guardians will try to regroup in 2022. Cleveland’s 80-82 record in 2021 was below .500, but it was still good enough to finish in second place in the AL Central, albeit 13 games behind the division-leading White Sox.

To this point in the off-season the Guardians have done nothing major personnel-wise prior to the current lockout, with two exceptions. Cleveland exercised it’s $11 million club option on All-Star third baseman Jose Ramirez, and it declined it’s $7 million club option on catcher Roberto Perez.

Salaries for pre-arbitration and arbitration-eligible players will be determined on the other side of the lockout. But for now, the only guaranteed money on the books for 2022 is Ramirez’s $11 million club option, which helps explain the first of the Guardians three biggest decisions for 2022.

Adding a minority owner

The bad news is the Guardians desperately need one to become financially relevant again. The good news is that they may have found one. He’s David Blitzer, a part-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers and the New Jersey Devils in the NHL. Guardians’ owner Paul Dolan has acknowledged having discussions with Blitzer.


Click here to read the full article at Forbes >