Report: Figgins, Mariners close to four-year deal

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The infield dominoes are suddenly falling fast and furious, with FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reporting that Chone Figgins and the Mariners are on the verge of agreeing to a four-year, $36 million deal.
Figgins ranks as one of the most valuable free agents available this offseason and is coming off a tremendously strong year, hitting .298/.395/.393 with 101 walks, 42 steals, and 114 runs to go along with outstanding defense at third base.
For the Mariners to pluck him away from a division rival for just a four-year commitment at less than $10 million per season would qualify as an excellent deal given the money that’s already been handed out to lesser infielders Placido Polanco and Marco Scutaro, although Figgins would cost Seattle next year’s first-round pick.

Report: Mets sign Wilson Ramos to two-year, $19 million deal

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The Mets have signed catcher Wilson Ramos to a two-year deal, SNY’s Andy Martino reports. The total value of the contract is $19 million, per Fancred’s Jon Heyman.

Ramos, 31, split last season between the Rays and Phillies, putting up one of the best offensive seasons among catchers. In 416 total plate appearances, he hit .306/.358/.487 with 15 home runs and 70 RBI.

Ramos will presumably get the lion’s share of plate appearances behind the plate with Travis d'Arnaud backing him up. Grandal was made a qualifying offer, so the Mets would have had to forfeit a draft pick to sign him. And, of course, Realmuto would have cost prospects. Ramos simply costs money.

The Mets were aggressively pursuing a catching upgrade, having been involved in rumors surrounding J.T. Realmuto and Yasmani Grandal, but ultimately settled on Ramos. New GM Brodie Van Wagenen has made a significant impact on the team already, having also added second baseman Robinson Canó and closer Edwin Díaz from a trade with the Mariners.