In addition to working out a long term deal with Clayton Kershaw this off-season, the Los Angeles Dodgers will attempt to extend Hanley Ramirez beyond the 2014 season.
“I think a guy like Hanley Ramirez, he’s a special, special player,” Dodgers controlling owner Mark Walter said via the LA Times. “If you know where we could find five more, we’ll take them all. I don’t think there are five more.”
It does not hurt that Ramirez has been on a tear since returning to the Dodgers.
Ramirez is hitting .348/.395/.629 with 13 home runs and 42 RBI this season in 63 games. While Ramirez does have some injury concerns he easily remains one of the best hitting shorstops in baseball when he is on the field.
When asked about his future Ramirez said he would like to work out a contract extension with the Dodgers.
“Definitely, because I want to stay here,” Ramirez said. “I want to stay here forever.”
Ramirez will earn $15.5 million this year and $16 million next year.