With a $230+ million payroll, the Los Angeles Dodgers have no shortage of expensive long-term contracts. 10 players will enter next season making $10 million+ on the roster, with four players making more than $20 million.
In looking at the contracts, it’s safe to say there are some good ones, like Hyun-Jin Ryu at $3.3 million and bad, Josh Beckett at $17 million. However, according to Jesse Spector of SportingNews.com, here’s who he thinks is the Dodgers best contract:
Best: Hanley Ramirez (1 year, $16 million)- A career .302/.373/.506 hitter, playing at a premium defensive position, Ramirez should have a much bigger payday coming very soon, although once he gets a new long-term deal, the back end has the potential to get pretty ugly.
As Spector mentions, it’s likely that Ramirez and the Dodgers workout an extension in the near future as he’s hinted at it during and after the season. Acquired via trade with the Miami Marlins last summer, the 30-year-old shortstop quickly showed he could regain a high-level of play during the 2013 season.
Limited to just 86 games last season, Ramirez hit .345 with 20 home runs 57 RBI while playing through a rib, shoulder, thumb and hamstring injuries. On the other end of the spectrum, Spector discussed who the worst contract on the roster is:
Worst: Carl Crawford (4 years, $82.5 million)- While last year was something of a revival for the four-time All-Star outfielder, Crawford still wound up at 1.7 WAR — that brings his total for the past three seasons to 2.3, or one-third of Crawford’s value in his last year with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Crawford also dealt with several injuries last season, but looked like he was coming on strong during the postseason. Other candidates for worst contract could possibly be Brandon League or Andre Ethier, who are both making significantly more then they deserve.
Ramirez and Crawford are just two examples of best and worst contracts on the roster as others are surely to have differing opinions.
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