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Could the previous week have been any better for José Ramírez? Well, it could, the Guardians could’ve gotten a win or two against the Giants, but other than that, it’s been quite the week for the Guardian’s new face of the franchise. 

On Friday, Ramírez officially signed his 7-year $141 million contract at Progressive Field as his teammates, the Guardians front office and many members of the media attended.

“This was the organization that gave me the opportunity to be a professional player,” Ramírez said, “So this was one of the reasons that made me want to stay here as a player. Loyalty is the most important thing to me.”

Ramírez was asked about what’s the first thing he would buy with his new contract and talked a little bit about his mindset when it comes to that.

“I really like chains and flow but at the moment that’s not on my mind,” Ramírez said. “My mind is on the season and the fact that I get to be home for the next seven years.”

The contract was signed on Friday by Ramírez as well as owner Paul Dolan and president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti. However, the deal was announced the day before the season started. All Ramírez has done since then is hit in his first nine games of the season.

Monday, Ramírez was announced as the second American League player of the week for the 2022 season after a very impressive display for the new $141 million man. 

Over the previous seven games, starting from April 10 against Kansas City and ending on April 17 against the Giants, Ramírez went 14-27, with three home runs, 14 runs batted in, six runs, three walks and only one strikeout. One of those home runs was a grand slam in the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds that put the Guardians up 10-4. Ramírez was a huge reason why the Guardians scored a miraculous 44 runs in four games from April 10 through the 13. 

Ramírez is near the top in nearly every offensive statistical category in the MLB. Ramírez is third in the MLB in OPS with a ridiculous 1.386 to start the season. He’s tied for fourth in hits with 16, keep in mind the Guardians have only played nine games so far, anywhere from two to four less than the people above him, currently leads the majors with 15 RBIs in just nine games, second in batting average with a .457 average, just behind teammate Owen Miller, who is always near the top of many statistical categories. Ramírez is also third in slugging percentage with .887. 

After the performance Ramírez had during this week, combined with the fact he’s hit safely in the first nine games of the season, there’s no reason Ramírez can’t earn a few more awards this season.

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