Saturday, August 24, 2013
Long-term deal for Hanley?
By Doug Mittler
The Los Angeles Dodgers appear willing to add shortstop Hanley Ramirez to their list of core players with long-term contracts.
Mark Walter, the Dodgers' controlling owner, told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that he is "absolutely" interested in talking to Ramirez this winter about extending his contract. Ramirez will earn $15.5 million this year and $16 million in 2014 before being eligible for free agency.
Ramirez has enjoyed a career revival with a .348/.395/.629 slash line, all well beyond his numbers for last season.
The Dodgers already have five players signed through the 2017 season and beyond — Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzalez, Zack Greinke, Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier – and also are working on a deal for Clayton Kershaw. The Dodgers may have plenty of cash, but all those long-term deals do impact roster flexibility at some point.
There was some buzz earlier this week that the Dodgers would pass on free agent second baseman Robinson Cano, so some that extra cash could go to Ramirez.