LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers on Monday made a qualifying offer to free agent Hanley Ramirez, a one-year, $15.3 million contract.
The move is necessary in order to receive draft pick compensation if Ramirez signs with another team. Ramirez has seven days to accept or decline the offer, until 2 p.m. PT on next Monday, Nov. 10.
This is the third year of the qualifying offer — an average of the top 125 salaries in baseball in 2014 — and none of the 22 players in the first two years of the system accepted the offer.
Ramirez hit .283/.369/.448 with 35 doubles and 13 home runs in 128 games for the Dodgers in 2014. His offense was down from an injury-prone but prolific 2013, when Ramirez hit .345/.402/.638 with 20 home runs in only 86 games. But among major league shortstops with at least 300 plate appearances, Ramirez ranked second in OPS (.817), OPS+ (132), wOBA (.362) and wRC+ (135), behind only Troy Tulowitzki in those categories.
He made $16 million in the final season of a six-year contract signed with the Marlins.
Since the Dodgers acquired Ramirez from Miami in July 2012, the shortstop has hit .299/.368/.506, a 144 OPS+ with 43 home runs and 71 doubles in 278 games. In his time with the Dodgers, Ramirez played in 278 of a possible 388 games, an average of 116 games played and 106 starts in the field over 162 games.
Ramirez, who turns 31 on Dec. 23, was also well below average in all defensive metrics at shortstop, and was regularly replaced in the field late in games, including in 23 of his final 27 starts, and in 32 of 44 starts after the All-Star break in 2014.
The Dodgers have the 28th pick in the first round of the 2015 draft. Should Ramirez sign elsewhere, the Dodgers will receive a supplemental draft pick, in between the first and second rounds.