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New York Mets help answer five questions with Wilson Ramos signing

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 18: Wilson Ramos #40 of the Tampa Bay Rays is greeted in the dugout after a two run home run in the third inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on May 18, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 18: Wilson Ramos #40 of the Tampa Bay Rays is greeted in the dugout after a two run home run in the third inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on May 18, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /
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The New York Mets entered the offseason with plenty of questions. Signing Wilson Ramos helped answer a few of them.

Rejoice! The New York Mets have found their starting catcher for 2019. Free agent backstop Wilson Ramos will take over behind the plate for the Mets next year after bouncing around a few places the last few seasons.

The veteran catcher is a really good hitter, pretty good defender, and a huge upgrade behind the plate for New York.

By signing him, the Mets managed to answer five big offseason questions we all had.

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Who is the Opening Day starting catcher?

Well, barring some kind of injury, it’s Ramos.

Prior to the deal, it looked like we may get another year of Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki behind the plate. Now it looks like one or neither will take over as the back-up to Ramos. We’ll have to wait and see what moves they make behind Ramos. What we know for sure is that they plan to begin a new albeit somewhat brief era behind the dish.

Will they trade Noah Syndergaard?

Likely, no.

The whole concept of trading Syndergaard was ridiculous. Most of the speculation focused on a three-team deal to acquire J.T. Realmuto from the Miami Marlins. Now, with a true MLB catcher on the roster, there’s even less of a need to move Thor.

Will they trade Michael Conforto or Brandon Nimmo?

Probably not.

Much like those Syndergaard trade rumors, some thought they could trade Conforto or Nimmo to help them land a catcher. It’s not completely impossible as some have thought they could move either in a deal to potentially acquire a starting pitcher like Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer. However, the need to acquire either was only if the Mets had dealt Syndergaard away.

Are they serious about contending?

Give me a hell, yeah.

Inking Ramos is a win-now move. It will also help them win later, too. He’s not a long-term solution behind the plate but will serve them well over the next two seasons in this wide-open window to win while Jacob deGrom is still here.

Are they done making moves?

No way.

This isn’t the end for Brodie Van Wagenen. He stunned us with the deal for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz. He made us pleasantly surprised with the signing of Jeurys Familia. And now he has given us hope with the addition of Ramos.

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Ramos does have questions of his own. In particular, some are doubtful of his health. It’s a risk the Mets were willing to take and a wise one.

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