Saturday, August 24, 2013

That Mark Walter Is a Smart Guy

It's not rocket science, but the Dodgers front office might want to start thinking about locking down HanRam long term. Indeed, Mark Walter is already on it.
Mark Walter, the Dodgers' controlling owner, said Friday that he is "absolutely" interested in talking to Hanley Ramirez this winter about extending his contract.

Ramirez's current deal expires at the end of the 2014 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."

Ramirez will earn $15.5 million this year and $16 million next year.

"Hanley's a special guy," Walter said. "He's fun in the clubhouse. He inspires other people. He hits the ball harder than anybody else."

Ramirez, 29, said that if the Dodgers approach him at any time about a contract extension, he would be open to talking.

"Definitely, because I want to stay here," Ramirez said. "I want to stay here forever."