Los Angeles Dodgers controlling owner Mark Walter said he would like to talk to Hanley Ramirez in the offseason about signing a contract extension to keep him in Los Angeles long term, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Ramirez is still under contract for one more season, but is slated to become a free agent for the first time at the end of the 2014 campaign. Ramirez will make $16 million next season.
"I think a guy like Hanley Ramirez, he's a special, special player," Walter said. "If you know where we could find five more, we'll take them all. I don't think there are five more."
The Dodgers acquired Ramirez from the Marlins mid-2012 in the midst of a down year. The shortstop has experienced a resurgence in 2013, however, hitting .348/.395/.629 with 13 home runs over 63 games. He missed the first month of the season following surgery on a torn thumb ligament. Ramirez said he would be open to an extension.
"Definitely, because I want to stay here. I want to stay here forever."
The Dodgers are also looking into signing star pitcher Clayton Kershaw to a long-term deal. The team has a nice core moving forward, with Zack Greinke, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Yasiel Puig all under team control at least through 2017.