The New York Mets continue with an aggressive approach this offseason. According to reports by multiple media outlets, including ESPN and NY Times, the Mets have finalized negotiations with free-agent veteran catcher Wilson Ramos and signed the 31-year-old to a two-year deal. The deal is reportedly worth a total of $19 million.
Ramos started the 2018 season with the Tampa Bay Rays, playing 78 games there before being traded to Philadelphia Phillies in July. He batted .306 in last season, managing 15 home runs and 70 RBIs, while also earning an All-Star appearance.
The New York Mets were in need of a catcher and started pursuing several free agent targets including Wilson Ramos, Yasmani Grandal, and J.T. Realmuto. After a meeting with Ramos in Los Angeles last week, they decided to make him their number one target.
Wilson Ramos started his MLB career with the Minnesota Twins in 2010 but ended up being traded to Washington Nationals the same year. He spent the next six seasons with the Nationals, earning one All-Star appearance and one Silver Slugger Award during that time.
Ramos’ career stats include .273 batting average, 109 home runs, and 426 RBIs.
Before adding Ramos, New York Mets have made several other blockbuster moves since the season started. They acquired the second baseman Robinson Cano and closer Edwin Diaz from the Seattle Mariners while signing closer Jeurys Familia to a three-year, $30 million deal. Mets are expected to make a couple more additions including a reliever and centerfielder.