Nationals, Wilson Ramos avoid arbitration with one-year deal

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Wilson Ramos and the Nationals have avoided arbitration, as the catcher agreed to a one-year $5.35 million deal. Ramos was paid $3.55 million last year.

After years of being derailed by injuries Ramos played a career-high 128 games in 2015, but he hit just .229 with 15 homers and a career-worst .616 OPS. He was especially unproductive after the All-Star break, batting .197.

Ramos has a strong arm and his power is impressive for a catcher, but he’s never learned to control the strike zone and drew just 19 non-intentional walks in 504 plate appearances last year. He’s eligible for free agency after the season, so this is a huge year for Ramos’ career at age 28.