Brodie Van Wagenen and the New York Mets snatch up former Philadelphia Phillies catcher Wilson Ramos to a two-year, $19 million deal.
J.T. Realmuto or not, there’s another backstop in Flushing.
According to James Wagner of the New York Times, who had it first, the New York Mets have inked former Philadelphia Phillies catcher Wilson Ramos to a two-year, $19 million pact with a $10 million club option for a third campaign.
Ramos is due $8.25M in 2019 & $9.25M in 2020. Plus $1.5M buyout for the 2021 team option of $10M, that’s $19M guaranteed, per source.
— James Wagner (@ByJamesWagner) December 16, 2018
“Ramos is due $8.25M in 2019 & $9.25M in 2020. Plus $1.5M buyout for the 2021 team option of $10M, that’s $19M guaranteed, per source.
“And apologies for any delay or lack of credit; I’m on a plane. @DaniAlvarez_16 had Ramos agreement first. @SteveGelbs is sitting across from me.”
As Wagner was quick to point out, Daniel Alvarez Montes of El Extra Base is the true individual to first report.
Source: #Mets are in agreement with Wilson Ramos. Pending physical.
— Daniel Álvarez Montes (@DaniAlvarez_16) December 16, 2018
“Source: #Mets are in agreement with Wilson Ramos. Pending physical.”
Ramos, 31, is exactly what Brodie Van Wagenen is looking for—a clear upgrade at catcher.
A nine-year veteran of four baseball clubs—Minnesota Twins, Washington Nationals, Tampa Bay Rays, and Philadelphia Phillies—Ramos owns .273 career batting average while clubbing 109 total home runs to go along with 426 runs batted in.
As a Nats employee from 2010 through 2016, Ramos enjoyed the best stretch of his career. He collected 83 of his total moonshots during his time in D.C. including his first All-Star nod in 2016.
Ramos earned his second All-Star nod a season ago, splitting time with the Rays and Phillies.
Hitting 22 homers once while eclipsing 15 five times, Ramos delivers a bit of punch while manning down a solid brand of defensive-ball behind the plate.
What this means for the New York Mets chances of meeting the Miami Marlins asking price for J.T. Realmuto remains to be seen. Chances are, Ramos looks to be Plan B.