Hanley Ramirez said that if the Dodgers approach him at any time about extending his contract, he would be open to talking.

"Definitely, because I want to stay here," Ramirez said. "I want to stay here forever."

Ramirez will become a free agent at the end of the 2014 season. He will earn $15.5 million this year and $16 million next.

"Hopefully, I could stay here the rest of my career," Ramirez said. "But I can't control that."

Ramirez is 29.

The Dodgers have several players with long-term deals: Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier are under contract through 2017; Adrian Gonzalez and Zack Greinke through 2018; and Matt Kemp through 2019. The team is also negotiating a new deal with Clayton Kershaw.

Ramirez never reached the playoffs in his six-plus seasons in Florida with the Marlins. His move to the Dodgers last year offered him a change in clubhouse culture.

"It's a winning ballclub," Ramirez said. "It's all about that W. You don't worry about anything else. Just win, win, try to make it to the playoffs and to the World Series. There's a lot of history. Everywhere you go, it's about that team. Everything is, 'Let's win today, let's win today.'"

Ramirez said winning the World Baseball Classic with the Dominican Republic changed his perspective.

"I got a taste," he said. "After I tasted that, I want to keep drinking from that cup."

Ramirez also credited the Dodgers medical staff with helping him revive his career. Not only did Ramirez recover from a broken thumb and strained hamstring this year, he also gained strength in his surgically repaired left shoulder.

"My body feels good," he said.

Ramirez went into the All-Star break hitting .386 with eight home runs and 25 runs batted in in 39 games.