WASHINGTON -- Hanley Ramirez is widely regarded as a franchise player.
The Marlins certainly believe so, and they're making the 24-year-old shortstop the foundation of their future.
According to a high-ranking Major League Baseball source, the Marlins have reached a tentative agreement on a six-year, $70 million contract with their star shortstop. The deal is not expected to be formally announced for at least a few days.
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This is the first long term contract given by Florida since 2005. They're getting a new stadium in 2011 so at least they're finally opening up their wallets for their right guy rather than having their highest paid player make $2 million a year.