With the Los Angeles Dodgers off-season beginning earlier than they hoped, it’s given the team some additional time to further work on a plan of action regarding Hanley Ramirez’s pending free agency.

The Dodgers can choose to extend a qualifying offer to the injury-prone shortstop, which if he denied and signed elsewhere would net the Dodgers a compensatory draft pick. Ramirez was a driving force for the Dodgers in 2013 after returning from injury, but couldn’t replicate the same success this season.

Ramirez did manage to improve at the plate in the postseason, but that was short-lived with the Dodgers getting eliminated by the St. Louis Cardinals in four games of the NLDS.

While Ramirez may not yet know where he’ll be playing baseball in 2015, he’ll have quite the eye-catching car to drive around in. According to TMZ Sports, Ramirez modified a 2014 Lamborghini Aventado so that it shoots flames out of the exhaust.

The Auto Firm in Miami is responsible for the custom job and Ramirez reportedly had the car shipped to Los Angeles. Ramirez recently tweeted a photo of himself boarding a private plane bound for Miami, where he makes his home in the off-season.

The Dodgers will need to decide whether to present Ramirez with a qualifying offer within five days of the conclusion of the World Series.

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Matt is a journalist from Whittier, California. A Cal State Long Beach graduate, Matthew occasionally contributes to Lakers Nation, and previously served as the lead editor and digital strategist at Dodgers Nation, and the co-editor and lead writer at Reign of Troy, where he covered USC Football. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mmoreno1015

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