The Dodgers and Ramirez have been talking about a long-term contract for a while. It is no secret that the Dodgers want to keep Ramirez in their lineup but there appears to be a difference in what the two sides view as appropriate compensation.
Ramirez, eligible for free agency after this season, is wanting a deal that pays in excess of $130 million according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Any new deal for Ramirez would figure to approach or surpass $25 million a season.
This last offseason the Texas Rangers handed over $130 million to Shin-Soo Choo while the New York Yankees gave Jacoby Ellsbury $153 million.
Ramirez, 30, is hitting .253/.331/.440 with five hme runs and 19 RBI across 41 games this season.