Maybe Ramirez goes on to remain healthy the next few years, hits the snot out of the ball and makes everyone around Chavez Ravine lament having not tried to sign him to a long-term deal.
That's certainly the hope in Boston, where numerous sources are reporting the deal with the ex-Dodger free agent is now done. Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal said it is a four-year deal for $88 million, with a fifth-year vesting option valued at another $22 million.
In what would be a stunning result to the
Ramirez was a different kind of cat. He could be gregarious and filled with charm one minute, and then withdrawn and almost sullen the next. The Dodgers mostly got a lot of the latter in 2014.
No doubt he was frustrated at not being able to sign his monster contract with the Dodgers, but that hardly justified retreating into almost his own little solar system. Certainly, you have to figure the Dodgers grew increasingly exasperated at his long list of injuries. And at some point wondered just how injured he was.
Yet Ramirez cannot be simply written off as some grand experiment gone awry. Quite the contrary, his time with the Dodgers was mostly a success. The trade for Ramirez was the first significant deal then-General Manager Ned Colletti made after the Dodgers were sold to the Guggenheim Baseball Management.
And it made a statement – ownership was here to win, cost be damned.
It set a tone and announced to fans the difficult years under
They backed up claims to immediately make the Dodgers better. It preceded the mega deal for
And it's not like when Ramirez played, he was some kind of complete disaster. In the 2 ½ seasons with the Dodgers, he hit .299 with 43 homers, 71 doubles and 31 steals in 278 games. He contributed to two division-winning teams.
Defensively he was trouble, and it’s unlikely he’ll end up at shortstop with the
Not a horrible deal.
The Dodgers now have to figure out what they’re going to do at shortstop, but their president of baseball operations,