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Dodgers table contract talks with Hanley Ramirez

Aug 17, 2014, 3:42 PM EDT

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It appears Hanley Ramirez will reach free agency.

Dodgers president Stan Kasten told Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times that contract talks with the injury-prone 30-year-old shortstop have been tabled until after the 2014 season. “Both sides have agreed we’ll sit down and talk at the end of the season and decide,” said Kasten. “We both decided that makes the most sense. As difficult a season as he’s had physically, there is still lots of time for him to have an enormous impact for us. … We love Hanley.”

Ramirez has appeared in only 100 of the Dodgers’ 125 games this year and is currently on the disabled list with an oblique strain. He has also batted just .277/.367/.455 in 2013, way down from his outstanding .345/.402/.638 batting line from 2014.

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported in May that Hanley was seeking a deal worth in excess of $130 million. The Dodgers are flush with cash, but that’s still a really risky commitment for a guy who has struggled to stay on the field and whose defense at shortstop is already questionable and not going to get better.

The Dodgers have a fast-moving top shortstop prospect in their system named Corey Seager.

  1. baberuthslegs - Aug 17, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    $130 milllon+, do we care?

  2. wilmyers09 - Aug 17, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    baberuthslegs if u dont care then u dont like baseball

    • baberuthslegs - Aug 17, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      I love baseball. Best sport there is.
      I want to see production for all this money.
      What I see is sitting on the bench for
      months on end.

  3. thefugitivekind - Aug 17, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Sounds like Stephen Drew’s next one year deal is waiting for him.

  4. drewy44 - Aug 17, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Move Seager to third. Keep Guerrero at short. Let Hanley go.

  5. sfm073 - Aug 17, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    This is the type of guy that should only get one year contracts bc you never know how he is going to play year to year.

    • tmc602014 - Aug 17, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      Hanley and Jose Reyes both.

  6. jkaflagg - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    I’m guessing the Dodgers will sign him to a big dollar contract but only 2-3 years – time enough for Seager to graduate and Ramirez will eventually move over to third. Even that’s a gamble but the Dodgers are willing to pay big money in short term deals to make sure they are covered (Wilson and Haren both got 1 year at $10 million this year). Ramirez looks as though he’s falling apart but when he plays he makes a difference – he can hit good pitching, which is critical in the playoffs. Also, he likes LA and with his injury history it seems unlikely anyone else will step up with a long term deal.

  7. andreweac - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Dude is not going to be a “short stop” for much longer as he is well below average defensively now.

    • Old Gator - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:15 AM

      “Now”????? We used to call him “manos de piedra” when he played for the Feesh.

      Well, I did, anyway….

  8. macdega - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Flagg: he won’t sign for 2-3 years. Will wait for some desperate team to offer longer terms.

    • jkaflagg - Aug 17, 2014 at 11:56 PM

      Perhaps…..but the Dodgers will offer good money, and after his bad experience in Miami you would think he would see the benefits of playing in a stable environment. But if he’s truly after the longest contract and the most money he can get, you may be right…..somebody might offer a silly bad deal, especially if he has a big playoff performance.

    • Old Gator - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:16 AM

      Mac: and some desperate team will.

  9. spc7ray - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    3 years @ 15 million a year
    That what we should give him–45 million period! Maybe add a 4th-But still 15 million

  10. mkprz - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    It’s perfect timing. He’s free to go.
    You don’t pay for last years performance.
    Today his performance is substandard and he cannot prove himself.
    Get a #13 Ramirez jersey before they stop making them.

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