NY reportedly reached agreement on a two-year, $19 million contract with free agent Wilson Ramos, Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan reported Sunday. Past year he spent time with both the Rays and Phillies, and ended the season with a slashline of.306/.358/.487 in 111 games.
Barring something unforeseen and amazingly aggressive, this takes the Mets out of the J.T. Realmuto sweepstakes and definitely shuts down the proposed three-team deal which had Noah Syndergaard going to the Yankees. On Sunday, the Mets reportedly agreed to a deal with Wilson Ramos. The Mets no longer have interest in Realmuto. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018 because the deal has not been announced and is still pending a physical. Quite frankly, I'm shocked to see that Ramos was only able to earn a $19.5 million guarantee over two years.
Ramos crosses another item of the to-do list of new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen. This is much more than the Mets would have had to pay Realmuto, who is due $2.9 million next year and under team control through 2020.
The former agent has already been active in the trade market, picking up Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Jay Bruce and a package of prospects.
Now, the Mets will feature Ramos and former Phillies prospect Travis d'Arnaud behind the plate in 2019.
D'Arnaud was 3 for 15 (.200) with one homer and three RBIs in four games this year when he felt tightness in his right elbow during pregame drills in Miami. He played parts of seven season with the Washington Nationals from 2010 to 2016. He made the All-Star team but missed the game with a hamstring injury.