Signing Wllson Ramos WAS A Great Necessary Gamble For The Tampa Bay Rays

Wilson Ramos was in heavy NL MVP consideration in the 2st half off 2016 - .330.382/.546 - with 14 HRs and 48 RBI for his 1st 68 Games Played before he slowed down a bit in the 2nd half before tearing his ACL (for the 2nd time of his Carrer) in the last weekend of the regualr season

Wilson Ramos was in heavy NL MVP consideration in the 1stt half off 2016 – .330./382/.546 – with 14 HRs and 48 RBI for his 1st 68 Games Played before he slowed down a bit in the 2nd half before tearing his ACL (for the 2nd time of his Career) in the last weekend of the regular season.  Ramos can deliver as a #4 or #5 Hitter on the Rays if he is fully healthy.  The big Venezuelan should see some time as Designated Hitter and Catcher in 2017 – before taking over the primary duties as Catcher in 2017.  For a 2 YR/$12.5 MIL minimum commitment, this is a steal for Tampa if Ramos can bounce bacl.

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.

The Rays had been one of the best franchises over the course of the last 7 years before they pulled in just 68 wins last year. The new CBA has also penalized lower salaried clubs for compensation

The Rays had been one of the best franchises over the course of the last 7 years before they pulled in just 68 wins last year. The new CBA has also penalized lower salaried clubs for compensation on players leaving their franchises.  Residing in a Division with the likes of the Red Sox, Yankees, Blue Jays and Orioles, there is a fierce competition for offensive help.  Armed with an impressive set of starters already, to add a middle of the lineup bat potentially for just a commitment of $6.25 MIL per year (if it doesn’t work out) is how the Rays have to play this game.  Even with this deal, Tampa Bay has just $65 MIL in projected salary for 2017 thus far, which is $70 MIL behind the lowest team payroll after that.

Curt Casali, Luke Maile and Hank Conger were not the trio to take them to the promise land.

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.

With having Tropicana field as their home park the Rays just simply can't generate revenue to compete

With having Tropicana field as their home park the Rays just simply can’t generate revenue to compete against the other AL Teams when it comes to doling out money for Free Agency.  A lot of their best deals on the open market have come with a slight risk.  The brass should have some money to spend if they wish, however the attendance was still at 1, 287. 000 for the 2nd straight year which pulled up in dead last for the Major Leagues.

By Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part Owner) 

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I Played NCAA Baseball at Liberty University in the 90's with Sid Bream's kid Sheldon. Once Hit a Home Run by hitting a hot air balloon that was coming over 2nd base (It was agreed that if a balloon was hit before game by the umpires and coaches - even though they were setting up in LF/CF Bleachers). I believe in the "Church Of Baseball". Come in for worship anytime.

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