UPDATE: Rays trade Wilson Ramos to the Phillies


UPDATE: Passan now reports that Wilson Ramos has, in fact, been traded to Philadelphia. Joel Sherman of the New York Post says the return will be a player to be named later.

1:24 PM: Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Phillies are “deep into talks” with the Rays about a Wilson Ramos trade.

Ramos, who made the All-Star team, is having a fine year, hitting .297/.346/.488 with 14 homers. While he’s on the disabled list at the moment, he’s due off in about a week. When he returns he will represent a significant upgrade to the Phillies’ catching tandem of Jorge Alfaro and Andrew Knapp. It would also deprive the Washington Nationals of a reunion with Ramos and the upgrade at catcher they’ve been long-rumored to be seeking.

Dustin Pedroia suffers a “significant setback” in his recovery

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Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has suffered “a significant setback” with his left knee, making his availability for spring training questionable. Abraham says that Pedroia is “discussing his options with his family, agents, and the Sox.”

Pedroia underwent “knee joint preservation” surgery last year, which is often used as an alternative to full knee replacement. As it was, he played in only three games in 2018 and appeared in just six games in 2019, accruing just three hits in 34 plate appearances.

In light of the severity of his injury, the severity of his surgery and all of the time he’s missed over the past few years, it was already something of a long shot for Pedroia play again as it was. Indeed, he himself was not even sure if he’d play again when asked at one point last season. But this sounds positively dire.