Cleveland Guardians’ Three Biggest Decisions For 2022

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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)

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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.

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