As the Dodger season winds down, questions about the off-season have surfaced regarding an extension for Clayton Kershaw and whether or not the Dodgers will go after Robinson Cano.
However, it sounds like there is mutual interest between the Dodgers and shortstop Hanley Ramirez about a potential contract extension even though his deal runs out at the end of next season.
Ramirez expressed his desire to remain in LA earlier in the year and controlling owner Mark Walter told Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times he wants Hanley to remain a Dodger:
I think a guy like Hanley Ramirez, he’s a special, special player. If you know where we could find five more, we’ll take them all. I don’t think there are five more. Hanley’s a special guy. He’s fun in the clubhouse. He inspires other people. He hits the ball harder than anybody else.
While he’s dealt with two injuries this season, Ramirez is hitting .348 with 13 home runs and 42 RBIs and would qualify for the batting average lead, if it weren’t for his injuries.
Acquired for prospect Nate Eovaldi last July, Ramirez seems to be at ease with the Dodgers and locking him up to a long-term extension is definitely in the cards. Another move that could be pursued and entice Ramirez to stay is signing Cano since Mark Ellis is a free agent at seasons end.
Cano is a free agent after the season and while it’s been reported the Dodgers aren’t going to dive into the pricey free agent market, he’s interested in playing with Ramirez in LA.
Regardless, the Dodgers have identified another piece of business they’d like to get done before the start of next season and it seems that Hanley wants to wear Dodger blue for the rest of his career.
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