The Los Angeles Dodgers and shortstop Hanley Ramirez have been quietly working on a new contract extension for quite some time now, one that will reportedly move him to third base – possibly as early as the 2015 season.
That’s the word from the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo who suggests that Hanley is open to the move, though wants the Dodgers to be aware he doesn’t want to be shuffled back and forth.
The Dodgers and Ramirez are privately into contract talks. It appears the majority of Ramirez’s next contract will be with him as a third baseman, likely moving from shortstop as early as 2015. Ramirez doesn’t mind moving to third, but doesn’t want to be moved back and forth.
While Ramirez can have his moments, he’s not exactly the most talented defender at the shortstop position and has questionable range, so he’s a far better fit defensively at third base – especially as he ages.
It’s within reason to expect the two sides to eventually hammer out a deal given they each have a mutual desire to complete an extension.