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Wilson Ramos Is A Solid Option For The Mets

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Wilson Ramos Is A Solid Option For The Mets

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I have always loved Wilson Ramos. I am a firm believer that if Ramos hadn’t torn his ACL late in the 2016 season, the Nationals would have taken the Dodgers in the NLDS. At the dish, Ramos was a bonafide stud hitting .307 in 2016, with 148 hit, 25 for two bases and 25 round trips, enough to earn him an All-Star nod, but not a contract offer for 2017 from Washington.

If you look at the numbers, Ramos outplayed Bryce Harper in 2016. Sure, Harper was having one of his off years, but to me, it still counts. 

The Nationals weren’t going to wait around for Ramos’ ACL to heal, and let him go following the 2016 season, signing veteran Matt Wieters. Looking for a team to take a gamble on his 2017 return, Ramos landed in Tampa Bay. During his time as a Ray, Ramos hit .286, and put up a decent 2.0 WAR, before being shipped to Philadelphia where he hit above .330. 

The big issue with Ramos is his age, being a 30-year-old catcher. If he’s looking to sign a longer deal than three years, there’s a good chance he’ll decline in production both at the plate and behind it. ACL injuries are notoriously tough to recover from for any player, let a lone a catcher. With that in mind, and with the Mets not necessarily looking to platoon again, he’s not the ideal guy for the Amazins.

However, Ramos deserves a look. He could be cheap and we all know who LOVES that.

In all seriousness, Wilson Ramos would be a great addition to the Mets. With the Mets woes defensively behind the plate, Ramos operates above league average. The league caught stealing percentage for catchers is 28%, and Ramos has thrown out 32% of baserunners during his entire career. At certain points his caught stealing percentage was above 40%. Not too shabby. Especially when you consider that Kevin Plawecki and Travis d’Arnaud both hold caught stealing percentages in the low 20s.

If the Mets are looking for a solid option behind the plate for the next few years Wilson Ramos is a solid option, and should be looked at. With the amount of buzz he’s getting from teams like the Brewers and Athletics, you know he’s got the abilities and the projections. 

Ramos is a solid, solid option for the Mets. 

I mean, there’s also that SOLID, SOLID Walk Up Music.

Justin Colombo is a 2017 Broadway Show Softball League All-Star at 3B/SS. He's essentially the Manny Machado of the Kinky Boots team. Justin has been writing about Baseball since he was a little kid. Now that being an actor in NYC has given him a lot of free time, in 2015 he decided to take his passion public and founded Three Up, Three Down as a way to express his love for the game. From there, Three Up, Three Down grew from a hobby to an obsession. After years of growth and one insult from MLB's Historian, Justin launched The Turf, a way to expand into all areas of the sporting world. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter. LET'S. GO. METS.

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