Mets Rumors: Monday meeting with free agent catcher Wilson Ramos
By Tim Boyle
New York Mets rumors for day one of the Winter Meetings didn’t offer much. However, we did learn that they met with free agent catcher Wilson Ramos.
On day one of the Winter Meetings, MLB teams remained rather quiet. The New York Mets didn’t add anyone to their organization, but according to Mike Puma of the NY Post, they did meet with free agent catcher Wilson Ramos. What was discussed or how it went is a mystery for now.
Ramos is on just about everyone’s list as a target for the Mets to acquire this winter. There’s a lot to like about him when compared to the other candidates. They don’t have to trade anyone away like they would to land J.T. Realmuto. Ramos also doesn’t have a playoff meltdown like Yasmani Grandal did this past October.
Through parts of nine big league seasons, Ramos is batting .273/.317/.439 with an average of 23 home runs and 91 RBI per 162 games. This is a little misleading as to what he’s fully capable of. For the last three seasons, he has been a much better player.
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While playing for the Washington Nationals, Tampa Bay Rays, and Philadelphia Phillies over the past three seasons, he’s a .298/.343/.483 hitter. His home run average comes out to 26 per 162 games and 98 RBI during that same span. As a catcher, it’s a remarkable total.
It’s great to hear on the first day of Winter Meeting Mets rumors that a meeting with Ramos already took place. He’s a sought-after commodity on the free agent market sure to garner plenty of attention.
Those panic-stricken folks among us (me) probably lost a year of their life when they learned Travis d’Arnaud would be tendered a contract for 2019. The more Mets rumors linking them to catchers, the better. I can’t imagine d’Arnaud having a productive year after missing nearly all of 2018. Even if he had played, it’s time to move on.
Ramos is 31, which in the baseball world, is about average to reach free agency. Regardless of what uniform he has played in or what the stakes are, the man has consistently performed for the last few seasons.
In other Mets rumors news, Puma added on Monday night that Brodie Van Wagenen doesn’t plan to make a trade to fill one hole if it creates another. This was specifically in reference to shortstop Amed Rosario whose name has come up in potential deals to the Miami Marlins for Realmuto.
All signs, at least for the moment, seem to point toward the Mets emphasizing a deal with Ramos.
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For a veteran with only four postseason games under his belt, the perfect pitch would be how in it to win it the Mets are next year. Adding a World Series ring is surely an important part in his decision as to where he signs.