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5.11.2008

Ramirez, Fish Close to Deal

Hanley Ramirez is about to get paid.
The Florida Marlins have agreed in principle to a $70 million, six-year contract to keep Hanley Ramirez around to play in their new stadium in 2011.

This is huge news for the 24-year-old shortstop, who has played for the team with the lowest payroll in baseball ($22 million) for the past three seasons. If this deal goes through, it would be the most valuable in franchise history, topping the $61 million, six-year contract inked by Gary Sheffield in 1997.

With their new ballpark in sight, there are a few players who will seek large raises in arbitration in this coming offseason, including first baseman Mike Jacobs, second baseman Dan Uggla, left fielder Josh Willingham, and lefty Scott Olsen.

[FOX Sports] | [] | []


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