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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
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.
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