Nomar Garciaparra joins Dodgers television crew

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Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times reports that Nomar Garciaparra has been “hired as a new commentator” by the Dodgers’ soon-to-launch television network, SportsNet LA.

Garciaparra was a six-time All-Star and two-time batting champion who retired in 2009 after 14 seasons in the majors, including three years with the Dodgers. He’s been working as a television analyst for ESPN.

His exact role with SportsNet LA isn’t known yet, but Dilbeck says he’s “expected to do pre- and post-game commentary.”

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.