The Rays formally announced their signing of catcher Wilson Ramos today. The deal was reached last Tuesday at the Winter Meetings but finalized this morning.
It’s a two-year, $12.5 million contract, which will pay him about twice as much in 2018 than it will in 2017. Which makes sense, of course, as he is still recovering from ACL surgery and will not begin the season on time. The deal could pay Ramos an additional $5.75 million in incentives based on playing time. For his part, Ramos believes he can play as early as May 1, thought that seems optimistic. If he is a substantial contributor in 2017, even as a DH, it could be a bargain for Tampa Bay.
Ramos was in the midst of a career year before his late September injury, batting .307/.354/.496 with 22 home runs and 80 RBI in 523 plate appearances. Had Ramos not suffered his injury, he could’ve been looking at a deal worth as much as $40-50 million. It stinks that he lost out on that opportunity, but this deal is pretty good for him under the circumstances.
Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are calling up third base prospect Rafael Devers. He’ll be in Seattle for the start of the three-game set between the Sox and Mariners.
Devers, 20, is the top prospect in the Boston system according to MLB Pipeline. He has spent most of his season with Double-A Portland, where he hit .300/.369/.575 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI in 320 plate appearances. He was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket after the All-Star break. In eight games with Pawtucket, Devers hit .355/.412/.581 with two home runs and four RBI.
There is still just over a week until the non-waiver trade deadline, but perhaps the Red Sox seem confident Devers can be the answer to the third base problem.
It’s not a good day if you’re a star starting pitcher. First Clayton Kershaw, now Stephen Strasburg. The Nationals’ right-hander lasted only two innings in Sunday’s start against the Diamondbacks, leaving with an apparent injury. Strasburg held the D-Backs to a hit and three walks with two strikeouts without allowing a run. Matt Grace relieved him in the third inning.
Including Strasburg’s two innings on Sunday, he’s carrying a 3.25 ERA with a 141/37 K/BB ratio in 121 2/3 innings.
The Nationals should pass along word on Strasburg’s condition shortly.