Three Mets roster decision no-brainers to make this winter
By Tim Boyle
Mets must not pick up Wilson Ramos’ option
An obvious decision for the club to make in regards to contracts, Wilson Ramos’ third-year option needs to get thrown in the trash. The veteran catcher was not productive in year two with the club. And with J.T. Realmuto available, they need to be aggressive in seeing if they can snag him from the pile of free agents this offseason.
It’s not Realmuto or bust, though. James McCann is another fine free agent target for the club. Let’s also not forget about the abundance of trade opportunities that are and will become possible as we get nearer to the middle of the MLB hot stove.
For now, the no-brainer has to do with Ramos and his lack of a future with the Mets. I wouldn’t even want to see him return as a backup catcher. Second-string backstops need to play good defense. It’s about all they must do well.
Ramos, in his two years with the team, did anything but inspire confidence when the Mets took the field. His pitchers didn’t enjoy throwing to him. At times, it even looked obvious to the fans how poorly he called a game.
I’m not sure there is a living soul out there interested in seeing yet another season of Ramos in orange and blue. Even in 2019 when he put up some pretty good offensive numbers, his poor defense seemed to drag the party down. Things won’t get better as he ages. The Mets need to get out while they can.
Thankfully, an option on his third year makes it possible.