Wilson Ramos has a torn ACL — he’s out for the year

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This is a big, big blow to the Washington Nationals: catcher Wilson Ramos is out for the year with a torn ACL in his right knee.

The injury happened in the top of the sixth inning of yesterday’s loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks when Ramos leaped to grab an errant throw and came down awkwardly. Ramos clutched and pointed at his right knee. He was unable to put any weight on it as he was helped off the field and struggled to get down the dugout steps.

Today he had an MRI and Dusty Baker just delivered the news about Ramos’ ACL. The recovery time on such an injury is measured in months and sometimes even a year, meaning that the Nats will not have the services of one of their best players for the playoffs. Ramos has hit .307/.354/.496 with 22 homers and 80 RBI on the year.

It’s also a huge blow for Ramos personally, as he was putting up a career year in 2016 and was prepared to hit the free agent market where he was certain to field multi-year offers, possibly as rich as five-years and $80 million or more. Now he will face several months of rehabilitation which will certainly make him unavailable for a big portion of next year, likely killing his market.

Just sad, sad news.

RHP Fairbanks, Rays agree to 3-year, $12 million contract

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Reliever Pete Fairbanks and the Tampa Bay Rays avoided arbitration when they agreed Friday to a three-year, $12 million contract that could be worth up to $24.6 million over four seasons.

The deal includes salaries of $3,666,666 this year and $3,666,667 in each of the next two seasons. The Rays have a $7 million option for 2026 with a $1 million buyout.

His 2024 and 2025 salaries could increase by $300,000 each based on games finished in the previous season: $150,000 each for 35 and 40.

Tampa Bay’s option price could increase by up to $6 million, including $4 million for appearances: $1 million each for 60 and 70 in 2025; $500,000 for 125 from 2023-25 and $1 million each for 135, 150 and 165 from 2023-25. The option price could increase by $2 million for games finished in 2025: $500,000 each for 25, 30, 35 and 40.

Fairbanks also has a $500,000 award bonus for winning the Hoffman/Rivera reliever of the year award and $200,000 for finishing second or third.

The 29-year-old right-hander is 11-10 with a 2.98 ERA and 15 saves in 111 appearances, with all but two of the outings coming out of the bullpen since being acquired by the Rays from the Texas Rangers in July 2019.

Fairbanks was 0-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 24 appearances last year after beginning the season on the 60-day injured list with a right lat strain.

Fairbanks made his 2022 debut on July 17 and tied for the team lead with eight saves despite being sidelined more than three months. In addition, he is 0-0 with a 3.60 ERA in 12 career postseason appearances, all with Tampa Bay.

He had asked for a raise from $714,400 to $1.9 million when proposed arbitration salaries were exchanged Jan. 13, and the Rays had offered for $1.5 million.

Fairbanks’ agreement was announced two days after left-hander Jeffrey Springs agreed to a $31 million, four-year contract with Tampa Bay that could be worth $65.75 million over five seasons.

Tampa Bay remains scheduled for hearings with right-handers Jason Adam and Ryan Thompson, left-hander Colin Poche, third baseman Yandy Diaz and outfielder Harold Ramirez.