Hanley Ramirez Hopes To Be Dodger For Life

It's unclear if the Dodgers' extension talks with Hanley Ramirez have progressed since they were reported to be in the "early stages" three weeks ago, but Ramirez made one thing clear today. After arriving at camp a day early, Ramirez told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that he wants "to be a Dodger for life."

Ramirez declined any further comment on a potential extension, but he did say that he had treatment this winter on a damaged nerve in his back that is believed to have been the source of last season's hamstring woes. That balky hamstring limited Han-Ram to just 86 games, but when he was on the field, there were few better players in the game. Ramirez batted .345/.402/.638 with 20 homers in just 336 plate appearances last season and was worth more than five wins above replacement despite the missed time.

An extension for Ramirez would take perhaps the top free agent from the 2014-15 crop off the market before he's ever given the chance to test it. The Dodgers made an aggressive push to keep Clayton Kershaw from hitting free agency with last month's $215MM extension, and presumably, they're highly motivated to keep Ramirez in Dodger Blue as well.

Should Ramirez hit the open market, next offseason could be a rare free agent class where there are plentiful option at shortstop. J.J. Hardy, Jed Lowrie and Asdrubal Cabrera are all set to hit free agency following this season. (Notably, however, the market may have gained a major buyer today with the news that Derek Jeter will retire from the Yankees after the season.) Those names join Chase Headley, Pablo Sandoval, Brett Gardner and Colby Rasmus as the top (relatively) young position players in next year's free agent class.


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31 Comments on "Hanley Ramirez Hopes To Be Dodger For Life"


YankeeFan™
1 year 5 months ago

Welcome to the Yankees Hanley :p

pft2
1 year 5 months ago

Yankees have Arods 27.5 million coming back on the books, I doubt they can afford Hanley if they think Drew is too expensive at 1/2 the AAV for 1/2 the years (or 1/4 the price Hanley will be getting). Hanley will also cost a 1st round pick while Drew will cost a 2nd round pick. Only 1 yr difference between Drew and Hanley in age.

Wek
1 year 5 months ago

Really? Comparing Hanley to Drew? And it is not only the Yankees who think Drew is expensive, even at 1/2 the AAV for 1/2 the years, otherwise, he would have been signed by now.

YankeeFan™
1 year 5 months ago

You cant Seriously be comparing Hanley To Drew ?

BruceP
1 year 5 months ago

Sorry, you may have over paid for Tanaka, but you won’t be able to match what the Dodger can pay for Hanley if they want him. If for some reason he does sign next year with the Yankees, it only means that the Dodgers didn’t want him, and have a better plan in mind. The Dodgers are the big spenders now.

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 5 months ago

How can Hanley be a “Dodger for life” if he already spent 6 and 1/2 years of his career as a Marlin?

FS54
1 year 5 months ago

I was asking myself the same question after reading the headline.

dieharddodgerfan
1 year 5 months ago

Lol, Hanley probably meant “Dodger for the rest of my life”, but it came out wrong.

pft2
1 year 5 months ago

As in the rest of his life?

el_gmac
el_gmac
1 year 5 months ago

He also said while being a Marlins that No One else will wear his # 2 that he was going to retire with that #.

Brian
1 year 5 months ago

There’s an opening on the Yankees in 2015

vtadave
1 year 5 months ago

I disagree. My boy Jeets wouldn’t go out without playing another round with me.
A-Rod

Eslva917
1 year 5 months ago

10/300

slider32
1 year 5 months ago

The Yanks will sign either Ramirez, Lowrie, Cabrerra, or Headley. A- Rod may have played his last game. They might even sign 2 of them. I can see them adding a young pitcher like Scherzer also if he is available.

EVIL EMPIRE
1 year 5 months ago

Reality is that probably 2 or more of these guys won’t even hit free agency. In today’s game players are trading more money for security.

Matt
1 year 5 months ago

As long as Hanley does what he did last season, there is no way the Dodgers will let Hanley hit FA.

Matt Gavin
1 year 5 months ago

Hanley will not be SS material after 2014. A move to 3rd is inevitable.

pft2
1 year 5 months ago

Hardy and Hanley are in extension talks. Hardy is an awful OBP guy. Lowrie is an awful defensive SS and injury prone. Maybe Cabrera makes it to free agency.

Of course, all of them would be subject to draft pick compensation except maybe Lowrie. Probably won’t hurt Hanley and Cabrera if they become FA , but Lowrie and Hardy may suffer the Drew experience

Yankees might still sign Drew since he only costs them a 2nd round pick and Jeters retirement announcement suggests he is not 100% and they may need a SS this year for good chunks of time. In fact, the timing of Jeters announcement may mean the Yankees have already signed a deal with his replacement and he was holding off to allow the Yankees to get the best deal

Patrick
1 year 5 months ago

Didn’t Lowrie have a healthy season last year?

YankeeFan™
1 year 5 months ago

Derek Jeter is my idol, and will always be the example that I strive to
follow. It’s been an honor to share a diamond with The Captain #2

Words From Future Yankee Hanley Ramirez

rangers84
1 year 5 months ago

Share? Do you mind telling us what position you played?

YankeeFan™
1 year 5 months ago

those are words from Hanley Ramirez check his twitter

Guest
1 year 5 months ago

Share? What position did you play?

BruceP
1 year 5 months ago

“Words From Future Yankee Hanley Ramirez”

Its funny that you say that when to title of the posting is that Hanley wants to be a DODGER FOR LIFE. Putting him in a Yankee uniform is only speculation on your behalf.

YankeeFan™
1 year 5 months ago

what is he supposed to say? hes not gonna say im leaving while hes still under contract to the public.

The_Unnatural
1 year 5 months ago

He knows they’re loaded and he wants to sign a massive extension before he regresses.

Tony DiQuattro
1 year 5 months ago

ie. “I hope the Dodgers give me a Kershaw contract”

dieharddodgerfan
1 year 5 months ago

First off, IMO, Hanley won’t be able to play even passable defense at SS for more than 1 or 2 more years, at most.

So I don’t see him as a viable option to replace Jeter with the Yankees, long-term.

Second, my guess is the Dodgers will probably wait to sign Hanley until next offseason, just to see how he performs this year.

If Hanley stays healthy and has a very productive year, I think the Dodgers will likely offer Hanley something like 5 yrs and $100 mill, with the understanding that he eventually will end up at 3B.

A deal like that signs Hanley up til 35. If he wants longer than that, then he will likely end up elsewhere, IMO.