Report: Jays made run at Indians' Ramirez, Tigers' Grossman
Ramirez, 29, should be well known to Blue Jays president and CEO Mark Shapiro, who acted as the Indians' general manager until 2015. The three-time All-Star accrued 9.8 WAR over the past two seasons, which ranks first among hitters, according to FanGraphs.
The three-time Silver Slugger has two team options remaining on his contract, and he's owed $12 million in 2022 and $14 million in 2023.
The Blue Jays finished tantalizingly close to a postseason spot at 91 wins and were one game back of both the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. However, the club's production from third base was lackluster this year. Toronto's 1.8 WAR and 86 wRC+ at the position ranked 19th, according to FanGraphs.
While he's not a star like Ramirez, Grossman has shown impressive on-base acumen throughout his career. The 32-year-old hit .239/.357/.415 this year with 23 home runs and 20 steals. The switch-hitter is owed $5 million next season.
It's unclear how in-depth the talks between the clubs got or whether Toronto will continue to be interested in acquiring either player this winter.