As the Los Angeles Dodgers enter the 2014 season, Hanley Ramirez will also be entering the final season of his contract. Despite the 30-year-old shortstop’s value to the Dodgers, the organization has had very little talk recently with Ramirez regarding any sort of contract extension. Last season, he had a career high batting average of .345 and was a major contributor in their run to the playoffs.

When the Florida Marlins signed Jose Reyes in 2012 and forced him to transition to third base, Ramirez understandingly began to feel bad blood towards the organization. Interestingly enough, it has been reported that Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has asked Ramirez where he thinks he will end up and he has begun to accept the fact that third base is in his inevitable future.

Ramirez added that whether or not he plays shortstop or third base won’t be a factor in deciding where he’d choose to sign in the off-season, granted he makes it to free agency. Despite his increased willingness to play third, he’s asked the Dodgers that when the change is made, it’s permanent.

Moving forward, both the Dodgers and Ramirez hope to keep each other around. The shortstop’s ability to change positions will be a good thing for both parties looking toward a future contract extension.

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MLB News

Ubaldo cools nerves to deliver impressive first start – MLB.com

Diamondbacks to Sign Oliver Perez – MLB Trade Rumors

Cameron Maybin out 4-6 weeks – ESPN.com

Brad Penny released by Royals after punching wall – Sporting News

No extra replay for D-backs-Dodgers in Australia – Yahoo! Sports

MLB strikes Dodgers with $1.9B cable bill – New York Post

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Nadia Tseng is a UCLA student looking to pursue a career in the film or sports industries. A New York sports fan at heart, she co-hosts an MLB talk show for UCLA Radio and is currently an editorial intern for Screen International.

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