Nationals and Wilson Ramos reach one-year deal to avoid arbitration

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The Nationals and catcher Wilson Ramos have agreed to a one-year, $3.55 million contract to avoid arbitration, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Ramos struggled to stay healthy again last season, missing time with a fractured hamate bone and a hamstring strain while batting .267/.299/399 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI over 88 games. Still, the 27-year-old backstop got a nice raise from the $2.095 million he made in 2014.

Ramos remains under team control through 2016.

Ned Yost to retire as Royals manager

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The Kansas City Royals just announced that Ned Yost will retire following the final game of the season. Mike Matheny will take over as the Royals manager for the 2020 season.

Yost, 65, led the Royals to victory in the 2015 World Series and to back-to-back American League pennants in 2014 and 2015. He will retire as the winningest manager in Royals history. In ten years at the helm in Kansas City he is 744-836 with five games remaining. Before he managed the Royals he managed the Milwaukee Brewers for six seasons, compiling a 457-502 record. In all, he is 1,201-1,338. When he’s done on Sunday he will finish 32nd all-time in games managed with 2,544.

The Royals now will look for the man who will, hopefully, see the current rebuild through. Multiple reporters have cited former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny as Yost’s likely replacement. He currently serves as a special advisor in the club’s player development department. He managed the Cards from 2012-18, winning the NL pennant in 2013 and finishing with a record of 591-474 in St. Louis.

Here is the Royals official statement on Yost’s retirement: