Mets: Trading Wilson Ramos should become a deadline priority
By Edward Lennon
The New York Mets need to put an end to the Wilson Ramos experiment and trade the veteran catcher this summer.
As the days in July fade away, the New York Mets are ready to start trading players in the midst of a disappointing 2019 season.
Starting pitcher Zack Wheeler, who debuted for New York in 2013, is the most likely to go, since there is a high demand for starters and Wheeler is a free agent at the end of this season. It all depends when he returns from the Injured List and when a contender feels comfortable enough to make a move.
The Mets also have a pair of former All-Stars on the last year of their contracts with third baseman Todd Frazier and right-hander Jason Vargas. Both of these players are not expected to return next season, making it only logical that New York looks to move them before the July 31st deadline.
Besides those three players that are on the brink of free agency, there is another veteran the Mets should look to move, catcher Wilson Ramos.
It is not that Ramos’ performance is the issue. Currently, he is one of five qualified catchers, showing that he has been fairly durable this season and has often seen the field. He has nine home runs, 43 RBI, and is batting .272 through 80 games.
Despite being a consistent, positive presence in the Mets’ line up, pitchers do not want to pitch to him. Having a solid offensive catcher is not beneficial if he cannot satisfy starting pitchers defensively.
Last year’s Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom has had his troubles and frustration when Ramos is behind the plate this season. Former All-Star Noah Syndergaard has expressed his desires pitch to backup catcher Tomas Nido.
It seemed like a logical signing at the time, but it is time to end the Wilson Ramos experiment in Flushing.
The Mets have Ramos signed through the 2020 season. The return for an offensively productive catcher with more than a year left on his contract could be fairly significant.
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The Mets will miss the postseason for a third consecutive year. Dealing Ramos to a contender could result in the gain of valuable minor league assets.