Dodgers News: Ramirez Discusses Contract Negotiation, Future In LA

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After finishing last season with a fractured rib that neutralized his bat in the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals last season, Los Angeles Dodgers’ shortstop Hanley Ramirez came into spring training healthy and ready to repeat his 2013 production.

Thus far, Ramirez has struggled to say the least with just nine home runs, 32 RBIs and a .257 batting average. Last year in 86 games, Ramirez hit .345 with 20 home runs and 57 RBI, catapulting the Dodgers from last place to first place. He was expected to get a contract extension in the off-season, but the two sides could not work out a deal.

According to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, Ramirez provided an update on the status of a possible deal:

The news comes as a surprise because the two sides have been negotiating since the end of last season. It is unknown whether Ramirez’s production at the plate and on defense has caused the Dodgers to back off a potential extension, but the shortstop’s excitement has dwindled a bit. The 30-year-old said he wants to remain in Los Angeles for the remainder of his career; however, he will have to prove his worth in order to get the type of money he is reportedly asking for.

Ramirez also shared his thoughts about a potential trade this July:

If Ramirez isn’t hitting, then it’s hard to ignore the fact that his defense has dwindled in recent years. The Dodgers have a Cuban shortstop in Erisbel Arruebarrena that is considered a top-notch defender. He has already replaced Ramirez late in games twice this season–-a move that Ramirez was not happy with. While the Dodgers will likely not trade Ramirez, the emergence of Arruebarrena could give them some flexibility.

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