The Dodgers did something they haven't done in awhile -- acquire an impact bat. But the fact it was a young impact bat was quite surprising and pleasing.
Hanley Ramirez is the Dodgers' newest addition and should be around for quite some time.
Look, I know he's not the Ramirez of 2006-09 who hit .316/.387/.531, but he has the potential and ability to be that player.
This is a classic change-of-scenery situation and I have no reason to believe Ramirez won't recapture some of his former glory.
There's no reason not to like this deal if you're a Dodger fan. Sure, they gave up Nathan Eovaldi, but it's a small price to pay for a former superstar who isn't washed up.
Ramirez is just 28 years old and is signed through the 2014 season. Here's a breakdown of his contract from Cot's:
2012: $15 million (less than $6 million remaining)
2013: $15.5 million
2014: $16 million
He also gets a $50,000 bonus for making the All-Star team.