With a slow start to the 2014 season, not much has been said recently about Los Angeles Dodgers’ shortstop Hanley Ramirez and a contract extension.
Before the season, Ramirez mentioned that his agent was in charge of negotiations and he was focused on his job as shortstop. Now, some reported figures have emerged that could leave the Dodgers in a future without Ramirez.
According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the slugging shortstop is looking for a big deal come this off-season:
Ramirez, eligible for free agency after this season, is believed to seek a contract in excess of $130 million. With Jacoby Ellsbury getting $153 million and Shin-Soo Choo $130 million as free agents, the figure for Ramirez wouldn’t be a surprise.
While Ramirez could be worth that much, the Dodgers already have taken on a few big contracts and will need to be sure that Ramirez won’t become a malcontent, much like he did with the Miami Marlins after signing his first big contract extension. He has been nothing but a pleasure in Los Angeles thus far, being a team player on and off the field, as well as hitting .345 with 20 home runs and 57 RBI in 86 games last season. Ramirez has even said that he would be willing to move over to third base if needed, a move that seemed to bother him in Miami.
This year, Ramirez is hitting just .252 with five home runs and 19 RBI in 41 games. He has yet to become the force in the middle of the order like he was last season and the Dodgers’ offense has struggled because of it. They will need the 30-year-old to turn things around in order for the team to contend for a World Series come October. If Ramirez can heat up, he can ride that streak to a big contract in his price range.
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