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Hanley Ramirez wants to be “a Dodger for life”

Feb 12, 2014, 7:13 PM EDT

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From Dylan Hernandez at the Los Angeles Times:

PHOENIX — In the clubhouse a day before position players were scheduled to report for spring training, Hanley Ramirez said Wednesday he wanted to be “a Dodger for life.”

But Ramirez otherwise declined to talk about his contractual status, saying with a smile, “I’m a baseball player.”

It was reported in late January that Ramirez and the Los Angeles front office were in the “early stages” of extension negotiations, and it stands to reason that the discussions will get more serious once all of the parties involved settle into spring camp.

Ramirez, 30, hit .345/.402/.638 with 20 home runs and 10 stolen bases in 86 games last season.

He is currently scheduled to hit the free agent market five days after the 2014 World Series.

  1. yahmule - Feb 12, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    I wanted to be a Dodger for life, too.

    Never even got a tryout…

    • norcaldodgerdog - Feb 13, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      5 YEARS 90 MILL

  2. tfbuckfutter - Feb 12, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    If my bosses were currently in the midst of spending on employees like George Steinbrenner on an ether bender I would want to stick with the company as long as possible too.

    • 4d3fect - Feb 12, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      Ether bender …. mmmmm…

  3. chacochicken - Feb 12, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    I think he’ll under perform the last few years of that contract. The NL will probably have a DH spot by the time he’s in his 60’s so that should keep his bat in the lineup at least.

    • lanflfan - Feb 13, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      Pigs will grow wings and fly, and the Cubs will win a World Series, before the NL succumbs to the DH.

  4. gattaga72 - Feb 12, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    I like Hanley but it needs to be for the right price!!! But then again not many shortstops with power out there….does the kid Seager have any power???

    • kyleshabram - Feb 12, 2014 at 8:44 PM

      He’ll be a third basemen in 2 or 3 years, tops.

      • blabidibla - Feb 13, 2014 at 10:21 AM

        He’ll fall apart by then and be a DH for an American league team.

  5. uyf1950 - Feb 12, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    It will be interesting to see how the Dodgers handle Ramirez. According to Cot’s Contracts the Dodgers already have 13 players guaranteed contracts for 2015 for $176MM. Ramirez will be 31 when he’s a FA based on his numbers he’s likely to be looking for/asking for at least a 5 year but more likely a 6 year contract at $20MM plus per.

    It’s important to keep in mind that the Dodgers luxury tax rate for the 2015 season will be 40%. At some point the luxury tax is going to start to add up to some serious dollars at a 40 and then 50% rate for everything over $189MM. That’s not to imply that the Dodgers can’t afford it only that it may cause them to start to think twice about some of these deals.

    • lanflfan - Feb 13, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      I recall reading it was the intent of the ownership/front office to do what it takes to compete in the short term, since the prospects/draft picks they have scouted won’t likely reach MLB until approximately 2016. After roughly 2016, the plan, as I have read it, is to bring things under the luxury tax threshold. Sorry I don’t have any links. It remains to be seen if that occurs.

      • ilovegspot - Feb 14, 2014 at 2:02 PM

        lanflfan is correct. That is Stan Kasten’s plan.

  6. dirtyharry1971 - Feb 12, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    Ever notice nobody and I mean “Nobody” ever says they want to be a bluejay for life? I will give you 3 guesses as to why and the first two don’t count……

    • yahmule - Feb 13, 2014 at 10:43 AM

      Halladay would have been happy to do it.

  7. blabidibla - Feb 13, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Here’s hoping the Dodgers sign him to a nice long term contract. He’s got talent and plays well when motivated and not injured. That means he’ll play well at least 75 games per season.

  8. beachnbaseball - Feb 13, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    It’s a short life. He’ll be a Yankee next year with Jeter stepping down. Book it.

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