As expected, the New York Mets declined Wilson Ramos‘ 10 million dollar option for next season. Ramos put up a disappointing season last year and is going downhill quickly. He will now be paid a $1.5MM buyout and head back to the open market in search of a new club.
Ramos, 33, has been an amazing catcher but things just went wrong last year. Ramos’ biggest question marks were on the defensive side, as he was pretty good at the plate. 22 stolen bases allowed by Ramos since 2019 are far and away the most in Major League Baseball. He also registered some bottom-of-the-scale framework behind the disk. In his two years in Queens, Ramos had -12 defensive runs saved and a 15.9 percent caught-stealing rate. This actually led to Mets’ pitcher Noah Syndergaard requesting Ramos to not catch for him.
Offensively, Wilson Ramos played well, even though his ground ball rate was bottom in the league. From 2016-19, Ramos made two All-Star teams and logged a combined .294/.346/.463 slash with 62 home runs and 72 doubles in 1687 plate appearances. On the Mets, he had a .276/.339/.410 batting line through 679 trips to the plate.
Now On To The Future
The Mets knew it was time to move on, as they now search for a top catcher. Surprisingly, the Mets also declined Robinson Chirinos‘ option for 2021. The Mets actually ended the season with Ramos sharing playing time with Robinson Chirinos. Chirinos could have been an effective backup catcher, but you can’t really complain about such a little piece.
Obviously at the top of the search board comes J.T Realmuto. Other catchers include Sandy Leon (32), James McCann (31), Roberto Perez (32), Austin Romine (32), and Mike Zunino. Once Steve Cohen is officially confirmed as the team’s new owner, he will be in charge of pursuing Realmuto, who is looking to become the highest-paid catcher.