It looks like the Marlins will be locking up their best player for the next six years. Recent reports indicate that Hanley Ramirez will sign a six-year, $70MM deal within the next few days. There is no word on whether all six years are guaranteed, or if there will be any options involved. A six-year deal buys out Ramirez's first two years of free agency.
As we learned back in March, the Marlins haven't signed a player to a multi-year deal since Carlos Delgado in January of 2005. Florida finished third in the NL East that year, and began their infamous fire sale that off-season. This off-season, they traded Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis, their two highest paid players. They currently reside atop the NL East at 21-14.
Ramirez finished 10th in the NL MVP voting last year, though he probably should have finished higher. He posted by far the highest OPS for a shortstop in the majors, beating MVP Jimmy Rollins's mark by nearly .075. He's said to be a butcher in the field, though, which could force a defensive move in the future. Still, a .948 OPS is a .948 OPS.
In the early goings this season, he's hitting .336/.421/.569 with eight homers. He makes $439,000 this season.
Posted by Joe Pawlikowski, who writes for River Ave. Blues, a Yankees blog.
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