Hanley Ramirez wants to stay with the Los Angeles Dodgers long-term and he has confirmed this by saying that he wants "to be a Dodger for life." The Dodgers contacted Ramirez earlier in the offseason about a contract extension, but those talks aren't believed to have progressed very far.
The two sides are still talking, according to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes. It isn't known if a deal is close or not.
Ramirez is in the final year of his six-year, $70 million deal. If he performs at a high level this season, it wouldn't surprise me to see him get a deal bigger than that. One thing that could hurt him in negotiations is his recent injury history. Since 2011, he has missed a combined total of 162 games, as he has dealt with rib and back injuries.
When he has been healthy, there is no denying that Ramirez is one of the top shortstops in all of baseball. He played in 86 games with the Dodgers last season and hit .345 with 20 home runs and 57 RBI's. If he stayed at that pace all season, he would have hit nearly 40 home runs to go along with around 105 RBI's.
When it's all said and done, I could see Ramirez' extension mirroring the five-year, $90 million deal Hunter Pence got from the San Francisco Giants.
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