MLB.com revealed the details of Hanley Ramirez’s contract:
Ramirez will make $5.5 million in 2009, and the deal bumps up considerably in the upcoming years.
By coming to terms now, the Marlins will lock up Ramirez through his arbitration years (2009-2011), and then three more years, where he could have qualified for free agency. For those three seasons, the shortstop will earn $23.5 million.
The Dominican Republic native will get $15 million in 2012, $15.5 million in 2013 and $16 million in 2014
There is no signing bonus or no-trade clause so the Marlins didn’t take a huge risk on this already discounted deal. The deal will be formally announced Saturday morning at the Orange Bowl.