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Dodgers, Hanley Ramirez working on contract extension

Nov 29, 2013, 7:35 PM EDT

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The Dodgers and shortstop Hanley Ramirez could get a contract extension done over the winter, reports Dionisio Soldevila of ESPN Deportes. Ramirez has one more year and $16 million remaining on the six-year, $70 million extension he signed with the Marlins back in May 2008.

Ramirez turns 30 years old in December. Despite injuries limiting his playing time in 2011 (shoulder surgery) and 2013 (thumb surgery, strained hamstring), he is rated as the second-best hitting shortstop in baseball since 2011, according to FanGraphs. Going by weighted on-base average (wOBA), Ramirez’s .353 mark trails only Troy Tulowitzki (.390).

Ramirez was a big reason why the Dodgers were able to get past the Braves in the 2013 NLDS. In four games, Ramirez had eight hits (six of them for extra bases) in 18 trips to the plate. Unfortunately, he was hit in the ribs by Cardinals starter Joe Kelly in Game 1 of the NLCS, which rendered him ineffective for the rest of the series. However, his post-season performance will be yet one more factor in Ramirez’s favor when negotiating a new contract. Also relevant is the contract shortstop Jhonny Peralta just signed with the Cardinals — $52 million over four years — as Ramirez is considered to be of a higher grade.

  1. losanginsight - Nov 29, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    a 5 Yr. 118 – 125 mil contract should get it done.

  2. mick2014 - Nov 29, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Dodgers are making a mistake by signing him early like they did with Kemp & Ethier who have underperformed & been way overpaid. Force him to have a huge year so he can earn a new contract. By locking him up now he has zero reason to perform in 2014.

    • alexo0 - Nov 30, 2013 at 3:48 AM

      You’re right. Why hurry to lock up your best hitter and only offensive threat last postseason? Make him first prove that he is capable of staying healthy and able to withstand the occasional “errant” pitch in the ribs.

  3. phillysports1 - Nov 29, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Big mistake ? Your crazy .

    • clydeserra - Nov 30, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      what of his crazy?

  4. sfm073 - Nov 30, 2013 at 5:24 AM

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see an extension for him end up being really bad.

  5. cardsman - Nov 30, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Ramirez is one of those players that has all the tools and talent. His ability to stay healthy and his attitude are definitely a consideration. He doesn’t really seem to enjoy playing the game enough to get thru the long season without turning sour. Kinda tuff to figure what to do about a guy like that. Probably not worth any long contract. But will get it somewhere. Probably right there in L.a.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      It’s really kind of hard to enjoy breathing when your ribs get busted. Maybe that’s what you were sensing with your deep psychological breakdown of the Dodgers top offensive threat from last year.

      .345/.402/.638

      Those numbers…. They kind of work in LA.

      • bigdicktater - Nov 30, 2013 at 5:25 PM

        Kirk Gibson and I admired his ‘grit’ for playing after the busted rib. Surprised me.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      And .303/.358/.457 are the numbers that earn $15 million/season playing SS in St Louis.

      Just for the record and stuff.

  6. knowlegeforyou - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    He will be waiting to see the Cano deal for his comp. 15MM a year won’t get it done, that’s for sure

  7. 702heatrock - Nov 30, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Hanley’s toughness cannot be questioned. Guy forced himself to play the end of the 07 season with a broken hand and a dislocated shoulder, with his team out of it, just to beat the Mets. This extension (if 4 to 5 years) makes more sense to me than Pedroia’s. Hanley was the best in baseball for 3 months/would have been in top 2 of MVP voting if he played the whole year.

  8. jkaflagg - Nov 30, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    He’s a bit of a gamble, but the Dodgers have the kind of $ to absorb it if goes bad….he was by far their best player last year…..

  9. kingkershaw - Dec 1, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Everybody was counting on him hitting the market next year but mark Walters flat out said that he was going to extend him over the winter. Hanley is also more dynamic at the plate than Tulo when healthy albeit that’s not that often.

  10. spacemaker101 - Dec 1, 2013 at 4:01 AM

    Yeah right Pedroia is a baller

  11. spacemaker101 - Dec 1, 2013 at 4:02 AM

    That gives 100% all the time… Hanley is tough as hell but 100% all the time is a Hugh stretch..

  12. spacemaker101 - Dec 1, 2013 at 4:02 AM

    That gives 100% all the time… Hanley is tough as hell but 100% all the time is a Hugh stretch..

  13. spacemaker101 - Dec 1, 2013 at 4:02 AM

    That gives 100% all the time… Hanley is tough as hell but 100% all the time is a Hugh stretch..

  14. spacemaker101 - Dec 1, 2013 at 4:02 AM

    That gives 100% all the time… Hanley is tough as hell but 100% all the time is a Hugh stretch..

  15. malibudave66 - Dec 2, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Magic will not let this man go anywhere!! This Man is a Stud!!! I have seen him up close and he has the hardest swing in the MLB! He plays hurt and is fun guy! Go Handley the Hamlet!!! Now sign Juan Irbe!!!

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