The Los Angeles Dodgers got the full Hanley Ramirez experience over the course of the 2013 season. On the one hand, Ramirez struggled to stay on the field due to injury troubles. On the other hand, he produced on an MVP-level when he did play as the Dodgers charged to the playoffs.
As for his future with the team, the Dodgers face a number of decisions in that regard. Should they pursue an extension for Ramirez? And if they do, how long will they keep him at shortstop before potentially moving him to third base?
In terms of the extension, Jeff Todd of MLBTradeRumors.com passes along the following tidbits:
The Dodgers are still discussing an extension with shortstop Hanley Ramirez, Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reported yesterday (Spanish language link). The sides have decided to keep things quiet, says Rojas, and it is not known where talks stand.
For his part, Ramirez did not deny that negotiations were ongoing, but neither did he affirm Rojas’s source.”
Ramirez is set to hit free agency at season’s end, so it will be interesting to see what course of action the Dodgers choose to take as the 2014 season unfolds and they try to meet some lofty expectations.