Less than a week after being eliminated from postseason contention, the Los Angeles Dodgers front office has shifted their attention to new bumps in the road. The upcoming free agency will prove to be a formidable challenge for the team, which had an abundance of expectations this season.
One of the Dodgers’ main concerns comes in deciding to compose their roster for next season. Big name players will become free agents and test the market to decide where they want to play in 2015 and beyond; one such player is Hanley Ramirez.
Throughout the season, rumors surfaced stating that the shortstop’s contract situation was taking its toll on him and job security was a big factor for him moving forward. The Dodgers did not commit to giving him an extension during the season due to the injuries he battled and subsequent struggles.
Ramirez took to Twitter on Thursday to announce that he is heading back to Miami for the off-season, but also emphasized he would like to re-sign with the Dodgers. The Dodgers haven’t given much of an indication as to their thoughts in retaining the 30-year-old shortstop.
Team president and CEO, Stan Kasten, stated during the season he hoped Ramirez would return in 2015, but that could be in jeopardy if the Dodgers are unwilling to offer a long-term contract.
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