Worst Case Scenario
As is the case with anyone, an injury is the worst case scenario. The major hesitation with him is the injury history. With only four seasons of 100+ games on his resume, it’s a clear concern.
Still, I believe he’s worth the risk. The last three seasons for Ramos have been his best. Why would it decline now?
Well, a move to Citi Field may not help. It’s a pitcher’s ballpark and maybe we see his bat suffer because of it. Plus, three productive years at the plate doesn’t evoke too much confidence. For all we know, the last three years were a flash in the pan.
The worst thing I can imagine from Ramos is similar production as other catchers the team has employed in recent years. If he’s not hitting for a high average, he’s a bit of a waste. Ramos is on this roster to do more than pop the occasional home run. There are plenty of catchers who could do this for cheaper. Ramos’ expectations are higher.
To name specific numbers, a batting average below .250 and a sub-.300 OBP is in my worst case scenario story. I don’t know what to expect from him power-wise. What I desire is a guy who puts the ball in play and gets on base when he does.
We need to know immediately if the deal with Ramos was a good one. He’s not making all that much in baseball dollars. Although it sounds lofty, if it’s not easy to make an argument that he’s a top five catcher in the National League, I’m going to be disappointed.
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