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Hanley Ramirez told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that he wants to be a "Dodger for life," though it's unclear if his impressive second-half performance is enough of an assurance for them to give the 30-year-old what would likely be one of the biggest contracts in baseball.
The Dodgers may have given superstar pitcher Clayton Kershaw a massive contract extension this offseason, but he's entering his age-26 season, has never shown any signs of a decline and has been as durable as any pitcher in the game since entering the league in 2008.
In the case of Ramirez, he was one of the best players in the game from 2006-2010 but his stock had dropped significantly since. He battled injuries in 2011 and was unproductive in 2012, although that may have also been due to an injury.
He only played 86 games in 2013, also because of injury, but posted a 1.040 OPS with 20 homers and 10 stolen bases when he was healthy. Who knows what to expect in 2014 and beyond?
If the Dodgers pass on giving Ramirez a contract extension, no one would blame them. But the Yankees, hoping to bring in a worthy successor to Jeter, could gladly give him the mega-deal and take on the risk that most others would not.