The Los Angeles Dodgers and their shortstop Hanley Ramirez are in private negotiations for a contract extension to keep the slugger in town for the significant future.
A deal was not done before the season, but that does not mean a deal will not be done by the end of it. If a deal is struck, it will be without Ramirez handling any of the negotiation.
According to Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com, the 30-year-old has given his agent specific instructions on how to handle the process (in Spanish translated to English):
I told my agent that I do not want to know anything; to not call me. That he should do what he feels is appropriate, said Ramirez. That he should call me for the physical; to call me and tell me ‘hey, you have a physical tomorrow.’
Ramirez is in his last year of a six-year extension he originally signed with the Miami Marlins and should be looking for the same amount of years in his next deal. Since joining the Dodgers, he is hitting a combined .307 with 30 home runs and 101 RBI in 153 total games over parts of three seasons. Last year, Ramirez was a catalyst in the team’s second-half surge from last place to National League West champions. Many believe that his injury in the NLCS is a big reason that the Dodgers didn’t advance against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Dodgers currently have a core of players with new extensions or multiple years left on their contracts and adding Ramirez would give the team a group that is capable of competing for a World Series every season. A new deal for Ramirez may come with the stipulation that he move to third base in the future if the Dodgers are ready to bring up one of their prospects.
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