According to tweets from MLB beat writers late Sunday afternoon, the Mets have come to an agreement to sign catcher Wilson Ramos, pending a physical. Thus ends the J.T. Realmuto chase.
The deal is reported to be for two years, $19.5 million.
Ramos, who turned 31 in August, is a pretty good hitter. He split last season with the Rays and the Phillies, tallying a .306 average with 15 homers and 70 RBIs in 111 games.
By all accounts, the Mets really wanted Realmuto. But the Marlins were apparently being stubborn in their asking price of one or two of Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto, plus Mr. Met’s head and Tom Seaver in his prime. It’ll be interesting to see what Miami ends up with if/when they finally deal Realmuto; probably not as much as they hoped.
In any case, this is a good signing. It means they should have a good catcher since, I don’t know, Paul LoDuca’s 2006 All-Star campaign? Let’s just say it’s been a while. It also means the Travis d’Arnaud experiment is over. The guy just couldn’t stay healthy. Too bad.