Mets trade rumors: Minimal interest in catcher Wilson Ramos
By Tim Boyle
According to the New York Mets trade rumors involving Wilson Ramos, there is only “scarce” interest in the veteran catcher.
In a season with plenty of bad moves made by the front office, one of the more underrated poor decisions was the one to sign catcher Wilson Ramos. On offense, Ramos has played well for the New York Mets. His questionable defense has made him a name mentioned in summer Mets trade rumors.
More than passed balls, bad framing, and other ways we measure a catcher’s ability to play the field, it’s Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard’s preference for backup Tomas Nido which has made Ramos almost obsolete. The Mets will need to do something about this especially with deGrom and Syndergaard as the two likeliest starters to remain with the team next year.
According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, there is “scarce” interest around the league for Ramos. Understandably so. Who wants a catcher whose pitchers don’t even want to throw to him?
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While there are certainly matches on the surface, it’s always a risk of adding a new starting catcher midseason. A team like the Texas Rangers could use an upgrade, but there are factors to consider. Their pitching has performed well with the backstops they have. Even if those catchers aren’t hitting much, why mess with the chemistry?
Not to mention, the Rangers are possible sellers anyway. Unless they plan to add Ramos now and get him comfortable in Texas for a few bonus months before Spring Training, there’s no real reason to make this deal.
Ramos’ name hasn’t appeared in many Mets trade rumors for the simple fact that there aren’t contenders in need of a new masked man behind the plate.
Much like first base, it’s a difficult position to deal. Many of the best teams in the league have their guy locked in. Talented first basemen grow on trees. Catchers and winning baseball go together like peanut butter and literally anything else—I’m a big fan of the PB.
Mets trade rumors have instead focused on a different solution for the team; if you want to call it that. Although Ramos appears destined to stay in Flushing, the same may not be true for Syndergaard. The pair can co-exist in a locker room and on the diamond.
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However, it’s essential Syndergaard is at his best if the Mets want to make any run at the postseason next year. This means he’s pitching to a catcher other than Ramos. Maybe he ends up doing it while wearing another team’s uniform.