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Dodgers hope to discuss extension with Hanley Ramirez this offseason

Aug 24, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

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While Yasiel Puig and the Dodgers’ pitching staff deserve a lot of credit for the team’s incredible turnaround, Hanley Ramirez has been the team’s best hitter when healthy this season, batting .348 with 13 home runs and a 1.025 OPS through 63 games. And the Dodgers are prepared to reward him.

According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers owner Mark Walter said last night that he is “absolutely” interesting in talking to Ramirez this winter about a contract extension. The 29-year-old is under contract for $14 million next season, after which he can become a free agent.

“I think a guy like Hanley Ramirez, he’s a special, special player,” Walter said. “If you know where we could find five more, we’ll take them all. I don’t think there are five more.”

For his part, Ramirez said he’s “definitely” interested in talking about an extension with the Dodgers and wants to “to stay here forever.”

Clayton Kershaw is also set to become a free agent following the 2014 season, but if there’s any team who could be willing to afford to keep both players, it’s the Dodgers. The deep-pocketed club already has $122 million committed to seven players (Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Matt Kemp, Zack Greinke, Andre Ethier, Yasiel Puig, and Hyun-Jin Ryu) for 2017.

  1. erbaodai - Aug 24, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    They should extend Kershaw first. If he goes into the free agency then all 30 teams will be fighting over him.

    • aceshigh11 - Aug 24, 2013 at 3:48 PM

      There is NO chance the Dodgers would let Kershaw go.

      • paperlions - Aug 24, 2013 at 6:57 PM

        …not to mention that at least 24 of the other 29 teams can’t afford to even bid on him.

  2. djjackson81 - Aug 24, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    This will be interesting because priority number 1 is Kershaw and he is gonna be super paired first and foremost. Then LA has 2nd base needs filled. LA could use a true 3rd basemen as well

    • stercuilus65 - Aug 24, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      Uribe has been doing a fine job at the corner this year.

  3. biasedhomer - Aug 24, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    We may possibly see the first $200M pitcher in Kershaw.

  4. sidelineshot - Aug 24, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    The dude is under contract for next year. Some GM’s are crazy.
    Wait a bit before throwing money at him. Guys like this can self-destruct in a matter of days.

    • icanspeel - Aug 24, 2013 at 3:05 PM

      Yeah seriously, why try to extend someone when they are playing at their highest level? Seems smarter to be patient and play things out. Just look at Chase Headley and the Padres, he had 2 great months last year and everyone said to extend him, they didn’t and are thankful now.

  5. losanginsight - Aug 24, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    KKKKKKKKKershaw will get a 7yr /200mil deal and Hanley will get 4yr /85mil extension. Both are signed through next year. $ is no object in LA. If you perform you will be rewarded in the Dodgers organization. Meanwhile back at the farm, the next batch of Dodgers are growing.
    Let’s Go Dodgers!

  6. decimusprime - Aug 24, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    This is good news…the part about HanRam wanting to be here forever. He is an amazing player and should be no.2 when it comes time for extension. Clayton is obviously the first priority. He is out of this world good and deserves every bit of $200 million. Good times for us Dodger fans.

    Go Blue!!

  7. boltfansmith - Aug 24, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Kershaw deserves $200 mil contract. Absolute stud.

  8. dpeter11 - Aug 24, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    can’t wait for the Dodgers to sign Kershaw for huge dollars and to watch him turn into Ubaldo Jimenez part 2. Remember how quick he lost it? Dodger fans, name ONE TIME a pitcher got a big money long term contract and it worked out great for the team.Zito? Sabathia? Why would you think that your team is immune?

    • erbaodai - Aug 24, 2013 at 5:27 PM

      The difference: Ubaldo Jimenez is a one-hit wonder, Zito and Sabathia are old and not quite as good, and Kershaw is entering his prime with an lower ERA than Whitey Ford and Sandy Koufax.

      • dpeter11 - Aug 25, 2013 at 4:43 PM

        Wow so you’re saying that Kershaw has found the fountain of youth and will never get older or start to break down? Father Time catches up with all of us my friend, which i why it’s dumb to give these pitchers astronomical long term deals. How do you think the Yankees felt the day they signed C.C.? Good, right? And how good do they feel about that deal now?

    • stercuilus65 - Aug 24, 2013 at 9:24 PM

      Randy Johnson for one dick er peter…

  9. jkaflagg - Aug 24, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Ramirez has been great this year ( between injuries), but the Dodgers should remember why he was available on the cheap – got a big deal in Miami and started to mail it in. Dodgers obviously have the ability to absorb big contracts whether a player produces or not, but they may want to exercise a bit of caution here….

  10. pop562 - Aug 25, 2013 at 3:38 AM

    If Kershaw gets more run support and if the bull pen doesn’t blow anymore saves from here on out then he will remain a Dodger. How the hell do you pitch 198.1 innings with a 1.72 ERA and only have a 13-7 record, that’s just blasphemy.

    • 18thstreet - Aug 25, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      It’s evidence that you need to stop looking at pitcher wins and losses.

      • pop562 - Aug 26, 2013 at 1:19 AM

        you should ask Kershaw if he likes losing. As humble as he is, he’s also a competitor that doesn’t like to lose especially when he’s helping the team win by shutting out batters and then the run support and bull pen blows up. This was a problem in April and May but out of all the Dodger pitchers, Kershaw still get the less run support…blasphemy.

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