The New York Mets have found their catcher and they didn’t need to give up their core in order to do so. They inked Wilson Ramos to a 2 year deal worth $19 million. If New York had signed Grandal, the Mets would have forfeited their second-highest pick in next June’s amateur draft and $500,000 of international signing bonus allocation in 2019-20.
The 31-year-old veteran, batted .306 between the Phillies and Rays last season with 15 home runs and 70 RBIs. Over the past three seasons, Ramos’s .826 OPS is second-best among all catchers with at least 1,000 plate appearances, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.
Random fact: In November of 2011, a few months after the end of his rookie season in the major leagues, four armed men pulled Ramos by force into a car and whisked him away to a secluded cabin in the mountains of Venezuela, where he was held for 51 hours.