For the first time in his career, Roy Halladay walked an opposing pitcher Tuesday, giving Josh Johnson a free pass with one out in the third inning in the game against the Marlins.
Johnson advanced to third on a Chris Coghlan double and then scored on a sac fly from Emilio Bonifacio.
Halladay, of course, only had to face pitchers in interleague play during his time with the Blue Jays. Still, he had taken on pitchers 87 times in his career. They were 12-for-80 with two doubles, six sac bunts and a sac fly against him, which was good for a .150/.148/.175 line.
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.