Wilson Ramos: Should the Mets Move On?

As the MLB season wraps up in 2020, it will be yet another postseason without the New York Mets. The New York Mets finished a disappointing 26-34 this season, finishing tied for last in the NL East. 2020 was the Mets’ final full season under the ownership of Fred and Jeff Wilpon.

In the 2020 shortened 60-game season, the Mets saw promising campaigns from young players such as Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, and Andres Gimenez. However, Pete Alonso and Wilson Ramos, after strong seasons in 2019, were extremely inconsistent at times.

The New York Mets catcher from 2013- 2018, Travis D’arnaud, is becoming a vital piece in the Atlanta Braves postseason success. Wilson Ramos, the Mets current catcher was counterproductive hitting this year as well as defending. Additionally, with him aging and other catcher options available, is it time to pull the plug on Ramos?

Career Success

Wilson Ramos made his Major League Baseball debut on May 2, 2010, for the Minnesota Twins. In his eleven years as a player, he has made the All-Star Game twice and even won a Silver Slugger award. During the 2010 season, the Minnesota Twins dealt Ramos to the Washington Nationals, where he played until the end of 2016. Ramos enjoyed a relatively successful career in the nation’s capital, despite some injuries.

In the 2017 offseason, Ramos signed with the Tampa Bay Rays and only played 64 games due to an ACL injury that kept him out until June. While playing, Ramos caught fire down the stretch and hit .330 in the final 29 games of the year. The Rays traded Ramos to the Philadelphia Phillies, where he spent the 2nd half of the 2018 season before signing with the Mets in free agency. Ramos has now been part of the Mets for two years.

Uncertain Future?

In December of 2018, Ramos agreed to a two-year 19 million dollar contract with the Mets. A season ago, “The Buffalo”, Ramos nickname, batted .288 and also had an on-base percentage of .351.

However, he allowed an MLB worst 94 stolen bases and did not play better behind the plate in 2020. With Ramos aging and heavily regressing, I truly believe that is best for the Mets to move on from Ramos and have him buy out of his contract. The Mets have several other quality catching options for the 2021 season. For example, the Mets can sign star catcher and former Philly J.T. Realmuto, or have 2020 backup Tomas Nido start, who took a huge step forward in 2020.

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