Ramirez came to the Dodgers via trade from the Miami Marlins in July 2012 and regained his hitting stroke that made him Rookie of the Year in 2006. According to Dionisio Soldevilla of ESPNDeportes.com, Ramirez spoke about his talks with the Dodgers about a possible extension:
We are negotiating something, but we are going step-by-step. I still have a year left but I want to stay the rest of my career in Los Angeles, because they have treated me right and took a chance on me when I was down.
The 29-year-old is coming off a season in which he hit .345 with 20 home runs and 57 RBI in 86 games. He missed some time to start the year with a thumb injury sustained in the WBC and also went on the disabled list with a hamstring injury.
Ramirez said that he couldn’t mention any figures but that the two sides are negotiating and something could be done this winter. That would make him the second Dodger that is negotiating a contract extension this winter, along with Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.
The Dodger shortstop ended the season injured after being hit by a pitch in Game 1 of the NLCS and fracturing a rib. Ramirez said he’s still not 100% and that he will continue to rest for four-to-six more weeks. He’s been resting the ribs and working on strengthening his lower back.
An extension would be the 29-year-old’s second contract extension in his career after having signed a six-year, $70 million deal back in 2008 with the Marlins. Ramirez’s departure with the Marlins came after a down season and the acquisition of shortstop Jose Reyes, forcing Ramirez to move to third base. The Dodgers took Ramirez off the Marlins’ hands and have kept him happy.
If the Dodgers can lock up Ramirez this winter, it would make 2015 off-season that much less stressful.
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