Major League Baseball players were active on social media on Thursday, the first day the lockout was implemented. Some of those players were the Houston Astros, as they joined in on making their profile pictures the generic avatar that MLB.com has been using.
In the mix of this, Cleveland Guardians’ third base Jose Ramirez liked a Tweet of himself in an Astros’ uniform. The 29-year-old is embarking on his 10th major-league season, while a three-time All-Star and a top three finisher in American League MVP voting three times.
Ramirez isn’t always an active member of Twitter, while only sporting 531 tweets to his name. The Dominican-born ball player also doesn’t like too many tweets (364), although he is likely brought countless times on the application.
Jose Ramirez likes the idea of himself in an Astros uniform.
Ramirez has a resume that goes unnoticed by a lot of fans and media outlets. He is the epitome of the word “underrated” in terms of star players. The switch-hitter has played countless roles so far in Cleveland, while leading the American League from doubles to runs to even sacrifice hits.
There is no sign at the moment whether Cleveland would be open to trading their star infielder, but the organization has done similar with Fransisco Lindor in the past. With only two years left on contract, Ramirez could find himself in a similar boat as Lindor and be traded by an organization that isn’t known for spending.
The Astros have also not shown any tabs in reports of whether they would go after a player like Ramirez, but it would take a haul of prospects or MLB-ready players to get it done. The third baseman could be a replacement in offensive production for Carlos Correa, if he signs elsewhere.
Ramirez has a career-OPS of .855 and has been flirting with .900 for the last couple seasons. The regular third baseman can also play second, but with a hypothetic landing in Houston, Alex Bregman would be the one moving to shortstop.