Clay Rapada, who was very effective as a situational left-hander for the Yankees last year, is expected to begin the season on the disabled list with a shoulder injury.
Rapada latched on with the Yankees last February after being released by the Orioles and appeared in 70 games, posting a 2.82 ERA and holding left-handed hitters to a .186 batting average.
New York’s primary left-handed reliever, Boone Logan, was sidelined by an elbow injury of his own recently, but now looks likely to avoid the DL.
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.