The Rays formally announced their signing of catcher Wilson Ramos today. The deal was reached last Tuesday at the Winter Meetings but finalized this morning.
It’s a two-year, $12.5 million contract, which will pay him about twice as much in 2018 than it will in 2017. Which makes sense, of course, as he is still recovering from ACL surgery and will not begin the season on time. The deal could pay Ramos an additional $5.75 million in incentives based on playing time. For his part, Ramos believes he can play as early as May 1, thought that seems optimistic. If he is a substantial contributor in 2017, even as a DH, it could be a bargain for Tampa Bay.
Ramos was in the midst of a career year before his late September injury, batting .307/.354/.496 with 22 home runs and 80 RBI in 523 plate appearances. Had Ramos not suffered his injury, he could’ve been looking at a deal worth as much as $40-50 million. It stinks that he lost out on that opportunity, but this deal is pretty good for him under the circumstances.