Yesterday, it was announced that the New York Mets and free agent catcher Wilson Ramos have agreed to a two-year contract worth a reported $18 million.
With that, the Mets have officially withdrawn their names from the J.T. Realmuto sweepstakes, and good for them.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 16, 2018
Ramos, 30 years old, is coming off one of the best seasons of his career, hitting .306 with a .845 OPS, and also launching 22 home runs. He was dealt by the Rays to the Phillies at the deadline, and Ramos went on a TEAR against the NL East. Over 30 games, Ramos hit .337 with a 135 OPS+ and had an OBP hovering around .400.
Ramos will be remaining in the NL East, where he had the best season of his career as a member of the Nationals in 2016.
While it’s great that the Mets got a stellar offensive catcher for a discount, this deal is more important for the increasing lack of interest in J.T Realmuto. The Mets were ready to sell off their top prospects to the Marlins just to acquire Realmuto’s services, but as a direct fuck you to Derek Jeter and the black hole that is South Beach, the Mets opted to give up zero prospects and got a catcher that is *almost* as good offensively as Realmuto.
Supposedly, the Mets final options for backstops were Yasmani Grandal and Ramos, and it seems like they made the right decision for now.
The Mets continue to push all the right buttons so far this offseason. They already have a very interesting roster heading into 2019, and we aren’t even in the New Year yet.
The 2019 NL East is looking hyper-competitive, on paper. Every team seems to be trying to out-spend each other and it’s terrific. Well, except for the Marlins but again, fuck Derek Jeter.
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