After a tense few weeks of possible lop-sided trades to land J.T. Realmuto, the Mets have wisely pivoted and signed a catching upgrade to a free agent contract without having to give up key players and prospects. Pending a physical, former Twin, Phillie, National and Ray, Wilson Ramos will be our catcher in 2019. The deal is for a reported two years, $19 million with a third-year option that could bring the total to $26 million.
There’s no question Ramos is not of the same ilk as Realmuto, however there’s also no question that he’s an upgrade over the injury prone Travis d’Arnaud and the light-hitting Kevin Plawecki. One of those two figures to serve as a secondary catcher, with the other possibly getting traded. While not a gold glover, Ramos is adept at picking off base runners and otherwise grades out as an average catcher. Hitting is Ramos’ forte. Last season he slugged .306/.358/.487, numbers the Mets haven’t seen from a catcher in ages. Ramos comes a lot cheaper than Yasmani Grandal and we can all breathe a sigh of relief that we won’t be dismantling our 40 man roster in a desperate grab for Brodie Van Wagenen’s favorite CAA client. Now our vaunted pitching staff has a professional behind the dish. This team is starting to come together.