Hanley Ramirez is on his way to once again becoming part of the conversation as one of the top shortstops in Major League baseball. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Hanley are currently negotiating an extension to his $70 million dollar contract that expires at the end of 2014. The Dodgers are a team that is committed to keeping its core players together as they make a push for the World Series title in 2014 and this news indicates that they consider him to be a very important part of the team.
The fact that Los Angeles is willing to even consider extending Hanley Ramirez’s contract despite the fact that he played in less than 90 games last season demonstrates how impressive his play was last season. In a limited amount of games he hit 20 homers, was responsible for batting in 57 runs and his batting average was an exceptional .345.
The best baseball players make everyone around them better and this is the best way to describe Hanley Ramirez. His return to the Dodgers lineup made their team a nightmare to play against and made fans sit at the edge of their seats whenever he came up to bat. He makes the Dodgers a legitimate World Series contender.
The future is very bright for Hanley Ramirez as it would be a surprise to no one if he wins the 2014 National League MVP award. If he stays healthy there is no question that he will be a contender for the MVP award and his team will be in the mix for a place in the World Series. An infielder who hits for average and power and is not a defensive liability is a rare commodity in the world of professional baseball and a description that is fit for one player: Hanley Ramirez.