Jeffrey Maier — who is, somehow, not still 12-years-old — writes about his experiences since stealing that Derek Jeter hit from Tony Tarasaco’s waiting glove in 1996. And asks himself a question with modern relevance:
The new replay system in baseball makes me stop and think. What if I had the chance to go back in time and apply it to that infamous play? Would I erase this moment from ever happening? The simple answer is no. I wouldn’t change a thing that has happened in my life after robbing that home run. All life events happen for a reason, and you grow from every experience.
Well, duh. He’s still a Yankees fan.
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.