Clayton Kershaw is a priority this off-season for the Los Angeles Dodgers as they’re hopeful they can get a deal done and have Kershaw finish his career in Dodger blue. However, another notable player the Dodgers would love to sign to an extension is shortstop Hanley Ramirez.
Ever since arriving from Miami, Ramirez has been great for the Dodgers and the city of Los Angeles. This past season he hit .345 with 20 home runs and 57 runs batted in despite battling injuries all season long and only appearing in 86 games. Although Yasiel Puig is mostly credited for the Dodgers resurgence early in the season, Ramirez was equally as impressive for the team during their incredible 42-8 stretch. According to Buster Olney of ESPN, he expects the Dodgers and Ramirez to discuss an extension in the near future:
The Dodgers are expected to begin talks on a long-term deal with Hanley Ramirez in good order.
Ramirez resurrected his career in Los Angeles and the Dodgers are hopeful he can stay healthy and continue to be a force at the plate for years to come.
The Dodgers were eliminated by the Cardinals in six games in the NLCS, but the series could have been much different if Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly didn’t hit Ramirez in his first plate appearance of the series and fractured his eighth rib. Ramirez wouldn’t be the same again for the series, even though he valiantly played through the injury.
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