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Hanley Ramirez says no extension talks with Dodgers

Given his importance to the Los Angeles Dodgers and the team’s seemingly limitless payroll, it is hard to imagine a scenario where shortstop Hanley Ramirez plays anywhere else next season.

Ramirez is a free agent at season’s end. The quality of his play when he is healthy is without question. His ability to stay healthy, however, has been an issue and might be the reason that the Dodgers have not more aggressively pursued an extension with him.

As for his half of the negotiations, Ramirez told Jon Morosi of Fox Sports that there is nothing happen with an extension, at least not right now.

One issue that cropped up this week was the decision of manager Don Mattingly to lift Ramirez for a defensive replacement in the late innings of a game. While that surely did not sit well, Ramirez insists that he is happy with the Dodgers.

At this rate Yasiel Puig is going to look a model citizen by the end of the season. Matt Kemp is mad. Now Hanley might be growing mad. And besides, you can never trust that Hyun-Jin Ryu. Talk about a guy with an attitude problem.

Talent prevailed in Los Angeles last year. It likely will again this year. But there is sure to be plenty of drama in the meantime.

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  • thomas rickard

    Unless his offense improves a lot, he may very well be allowed to walk, he has the worst defensive numbers for a short stop, even without Seager, the dodgers have Arruebarrena and Guerrero under long term contracts making big bucks, so maybe he could move to third, problem with that is that Uribe will be under contract for another year, with Seager slotted to take his place, so with Hanley looking more and more like he did in Miami, he very easily could be the odd man out.

  • AaronKnuckleCurve

    I can’t stand his agent making these comments about how happy he is with his playing time

  • John Drake

    “The quality of his play when he is healthy is without question.” Are you kidding? As an objective journalist, how can you write this crazy talk? Hanley Ramirez is a defensive liability leading the team in errors. This is a seasoned veteran who supposedly is playing “his”position. Dee Gordon, learning a new position has 38% fewer errors. Plenty of better defensive alternatives and if they have the best [starting] pitching in baseball, they can win games with good defense and offensive production elsewhere in the lineup. Contract extension? In the future – he will only get worse as he gets older. Send Hanley on his way – now, not at the end of the season.