If Hanley Ramirez is to return to the Los Angeles Dodgers next season, he’ll need to agree to a contract extension during the offseason because the front office has decided to table talks for now.
With the playoffs within reach, the Los Angeles Dodgers understandably don’t want to be dealing with Hanley Ramirez’s upcoming contract (nor do they want the shortstop to have it on his mind either) which is part of the reason they decided to end the talks for now.
They’re more than willing to talk about a new deal, of course, though the Dodgers would prefer to do so in the offseason at this point.
“We love Hanley,” Kasten said.” There is still lots of time this season for him to make a big impact in September, and hopefully in October.
“Both sides have agreed we’ll sit down and talk at the end of the season and decide. We both decided that makes the most sense. As difficult a season as he’s had physically, there is still lots of time for him to have an enormous impact for us.”
The two sides have been talking about a new deal dating back to last offseason and have yet to find a middle ground. It’s recently been reported the gap between the two is significant and while the Dodgers can afford Hanley Ramirez’s asking price, does it make sense to actually do so? More than that, will he accept the move to third base as rumored? Hanley Ramirez has previously stated being open to the idea, assuming he is not shuffled back and forth between positions.
For now, it appears all will be quiet until the Los Angeles Dodgers season comes to an end.