Found July 16, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
At this point, Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is under team control through the 2014 season. Ramirez told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that if the Dodgers approached him about a new contract that would extend him well beyond next season, he would be open to discussing such a deal. In fact, Ramirez was emphatic regarding his interest, noting that he wants to remain with the Dodgers “forever.” "Definitely, because I want to stay here," Ramirez said. "I want to stay here forever. Hopefully, I could stay here the rest of my career," Ramirez said. "But I can't control that." Ramirez is earning $15.5 million this season and will make another $16 million next year. He’s 29 years old and was once considered one of the top young shortstops in the game. He’s dealt with injuries and inconsistency over the past few seasons, but over 39 games for the Dodgers this year he’s hit .386/.444/.693 with 11 doubles, three triples and eight home runs. The Dodgers have the resources to offer Ramirez a lucrative long-term deal, but the infielder sounds just as excited by the team’s prospects of winning and history of success than he does the money that a new contract would bring. "It's a winning ballclub," Ramirez said. "It's all about that W. You don't worry about anything else. Just win, win, try to make it to the playoffs and to the World Series. There's a lot of history. Everywhere you go, it's about that team. Everything is, 'Let's win today, let's win today.'" The Dodgers have several players under contract on long-term agreements, including Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier, Adrian Gonzalez, Zack Greinke and Matt Kemp. There have been ongoing negotiations with ace Clayton Kershaw, who Los Angeles hopes to lock up for years to come. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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