Love them or hate them, there’s little doubt that the Los Angeles Dodgers are among the most fun teams to watch anywhere in sports. Of course, with a roster this loaded, and with some of the characters they have in the mix, it’s almost impossible not to be.
The lovable (depending on your point of view) cast of characters with the Dodgers and their historic run in the second half of this season includes the likes of Hanley Ramirez, who has bounced back after an extremely disappointing stretch over the course of 2011 and 2012.
Ramirez is one of multiple National League MVP candidates that this Dodgers club currently boasts. However, the talk surrounding him recently has been much more related to the status of his contract, rather than the status of his accolades when the year comes to an end.
Set to become a free agent in 2015, the talks of an extension for the shortstop have already begun to float around, and the front office has made it pretty clear that they’d like to keep him around for the foreseeable future. Extending him really would be a no brainer for this team.
The Dodgers obviously have the money to throw around. For one of the league’s top shortstops, who has bounced back to the tune of a slash line of .337/.384/.612/.997 and has a WAR over four, even with a couple of injuries at different points throughout the year, it should be an easy decision. And it likely will be.
Ramirez isn’t likely to find himself with a Matt Kemp-type extension for eight, or really even six, years, given that he’ll turn 30 this winter. But a four or five-year deal is a big possibility, and will likely mean huge money for Ramirez. Both sides want to get a deal done, and they should easily be able to hammer out a fresh contract extension for the star shortstop at some point this winter.