Theo Epstein says the Cubs want to keep Matt Garza

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We heard recently that the Cubs are looking to shop Matt Garza. Even today we heard that they were going to try to do so “aggressively.”  But Theo Epstein isn’t having it:

“He is exactly the type of guy we’d like to build around,” Epstein told reporters at Wrigley Field. “We need starting pitching.”

Two observations:

1. This doesn’t mean that they aren’t shopping Garza. It just means that they will want a lot for him; and

2. Isn’t Jed Hoyer the GM of the Cubs? I love how Theo Epstein is quoted about player moves all the time.  It’s like Hoyer is Andrew Ridgely or John Oates or something.

 

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.