Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported today that the Los Angeles Dodgers are discussing an extension with Hanley Ramirez in private talks. While it has been reported in various outlets that the Ramirez talks have been ongoing since the end of the postseason, Cafardo also mentioned that the negotiations involve a move to third base. Here is a snippet on Ramirez from Cafardo’s piece:
“The Dodgers and Ramirez are privately into contract talks. It appears the majority of Ramirez’s next contract will be with him as a third baseman, likely moving from shortstop as early as 2015. Ramirez doesn’t mind moving to third, but doesn’t want to be moved back and forth.”
While the Dodgers are wise in attempting to extend Ramirez, one has to then wonder what the club’s plans are with regard to young prospect Corey Seager. Most scouts agree that Seager will eventually have to move to third as well, though that does not mean the Dodgers necessarily agree. It also does not necessarily make sense to pass on Ramirez based on a prospect’s future potential development.
Cafardo also spoke with an NL special assistant, who told him Andre Either "needs someone to kick him in the butt."
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