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Hanley Ramirez Locked in Long Term

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Long maligned for being a no-frills franchise with an obvious eye for a good deal and good talent, the Marlins are getting a healthy dollop of good publicity lately.

First off, the team is playing very well right now and remain atop the National League East after winning five straight and six of seven.

Friday, it was learned that budding superstar Hanley Ramirez is going to remain a Florida -- or at least a Miami -- Marlin for a long time to come.

Ramirez has agreed to a seven year contract with the team, with the latest report being for $70 million. That's a lot of cake, although Ramirez appears to be the right candidate for this team to invest so heavily in. No one inside the Marlins organization will talk about this publicly, but off the record, they are fired up. As they should be. This is a big move for an organization that's taken it's share of hits over the years -- many times those shots have been justifiable.

Here's the main story Clark and I have been working on, and as always, comments welcome.


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Fr. Joe, OSF

Great move - hopefully we can get fans out to the park to see a WINNING TEAM in South Florida.
Thanks to the front office!

Pizzle

Look, I agree that this deal is exciting. But at the same time, this really doesnt mean anything. Hanley was going to be paid around $15-20M (the amount of Derek Jeter) because he is one of the best SS in the Majors. The Marlins made a smart FINANCIAL MOVE (as always) by lowering his salary to around $11M/year. Yes, this deal is good for Hanley because he doesnt have to worry that if he gets injured he still wont be paid any guaranteed money for 3 more years. And its also good for the Marlins front office because they save about $5M a year if they wanted to keep him those next 3 years of arbitration. But this definitely does not say anything to the fans because first of all if they cared about the future of the franchise they'd also lock up Uggla, Jacobs, Olsen, etc. You guys have to read properly into this before jerking off.

Derek

Carlos Lee, $16m/year. Gil Meche, $11m/year. Barry Zito, $18m/year. Ichiro in the twilight of his career, $20m/year. And the Marlins signed one of the five best hitters in the NL in his sophomore season to <$12m/year? Can we get the Marlins ownership to talk to OPEC about oil prices and negotiate an Israeli-Palestine treaty?

This is a damn good start to moving away from building sandcastles.

Michael AR

Pizzle, I would not want to sign Uggla to a long term contract. He is 27yrs old, and is no longer a "prospect." Plus, soon Uggla will be pushed out of the way by Chris Coghlan for playing time at 2B. Jacobs also may be too old for a long term contract and may not be too costly at arbitration. Olsen is a question mark because of his history and may not command too large of an arbitration award (i.e., see the A.J. Burnett award of a few years ago).

The only other player on this roster I'd consider for a long term committment is Jeremy Hermida. Plus, I think that Andrew Miller's Tigers contract may not be subject to arbitration numbers, but I'm not sure.

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