Signing Wllson Ramos WAS A Great Necessary Gamble For The Tampa Bay Rays
You have to feel horrible for the Wilson Ramos tearing his ACL late in the season for the Nationals. He was one of the most valuable players in the National League for the 1st half of the year.
Ramos would have been the #1 Catcher on the open market had he remained healthy, and could have seen a deal that rivaled the Russell Martin contract from a few seasons ago (5 YRs/$82 MIL). Instead he lost 75% of his value as an injured player.
The 2 year pact comes with a base of $12.5 MIL – and has been said to include several incentive bonuses. This is exactly the kind of risk the Rays need to make in order to compete.
Matt Silverman and the brass are gambling that Ramos could come back in early spring, and then split time as both a DH and Catcher throughout the 2017 season, until he could take the primary backstopper position for the 2018 year.
Tampa Bay struggled in 2016 – failing to register their 1st 80 win season since 2007. but a lot of that was due to Starting Pitcher injuries – or guys underperforming. Among the position that were bad was the Catching Position.
In a tough AL East Division, Ramos has a chance to hit cleanup for a Tampa Bay Rays club that is desperate for all around offense. He will play the next season at the age of 29.
Ramos slashed .307/.354/.496 with 22 HRs and 80 RBI spanning his 548 Plate Appearances in 2016. His efforts landed him his 1st ALL – Star Appearance and Silver Slugger Award. He also still finished 17th in NL MVP Voting.
I like this move for several reasons. Even if the former National just takes on the DH duties for 2017, the price per year is not hard on the financial situation of the Rays.
Ramos can also help tutor the other young Rays backstoppers.
Tampa is full of hitters in the lineup who are Home Run or nothing like Brad Miller, Corey Dickerson and Steven Souza, so adding a .269 Career Batting average should help out an Evan Longoria in the heart of the order.
It also provides a nice Lefty and Right combination of Kevin Kiermaier, Brad Miller, Corey Dickerson all from the left, with Forsythe, Longoria, Ramos, and Souza all from the Right as guaranteed starters.
With Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi, Alex Cobb, Drew Smyly and Blake Snell slilated to be in the rotation for 2017, the Rays have a solid staff that not may need much runs to win games in 2017. Ramos hopes to be a healthy contributor to that attack. By bringing him in, they could still flip a starter to improve the depth on offense a little more.
By Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part Owner)
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Posted on December 9, 2016, in Free Agency and tagged AL East, alex cobb, baltimore orioles, Blake Snell, boston red sox, brad miller, chris archer, Corey Dickerson, curt casali, Drew Smyly, evan longoria, Free Agent Signings 2017, hank conger, jake odorizzi, Kevin Kiermaier, logan forsythe, Luke Maile, new york yankees, Nick Franklin, Steven Souza Jr., toronto blue jays, tropicana field, Yampa Bay Rays. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.