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.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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