Will he or won’t he? Hanley Ramirez’s desire to remain a “Dodger for Life” has been the talk of Dodgertown for months now and the Dodgers seem to be of the same mindset. But, they have yet to agree to a contract extension.
Heading into the last year of his contract, the shortstop has expressed many times his love for LA and the Dodgers. Even though he had a limited 2013 season due to injuries, in a total of 86 games, Ramirez was still the team’s best hitter, hitting .345 with 20 home runs and 57 RBI’s.
Talks of his extension, date all the way back to November, during the time of his recovery from a fractured rib. At the beginning of December, Ramirez posted a picture on an airplane hinting at an extension with the caption, “To Los Angeles…..Good News!!!” only to have his agent say he was actually headed to the Dominican Republic. Later that month, he posted a picture of a Dodgers themed 30th birthday cake.
As of this week, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, a potential move to third base in 2015 is part of the contract details being discussed. Mark Saxon of ESPN LA reports Ramirez isn’t worried about a possible extension, but instead is focused on the team’s goal of winning the World Series. Don Mattingly has expressed his support and wants Ramirez to just play and step up to the plate as a team leader.
So, what do you think? Will Ramirez and the Dodgers come to an agreement on an extension before or during the season? Tweet us @DodgersNation and let us know your opinion in the comment section below.