The Twins announced on Thursday evening that the club traded reliever Fernando Rodney to the Athletics in exchange for minor league pitcher Dakota Chalmers.
Rodney, 41, pitched well for the Twins, racking up 25 saves with a 3.09 ERA with a 50/19 K/BB ratio in 43 2/3 innings. The veteran right-hander is owed the remainder of his $4.25 million salary for the 2018 season. His contract has a club option for next season worth $4.25 million with a $250,000 buyout.
Chalmers, 21, was selected by the Athletics in the third round of the 2015 draft. He was not rated among the Athletics’ top-30 prospects by MLB Pipeline. He has only pitched five innings this season with Single-A Beloit this season as he has been away from the team due to an undisclosed personal issue.
The Mets have signed catcher Wilson Ramos to a two-year deal, SNY’s Andy Martino reports. The total value of the contract is $19 million, per Fancred’s Jon Heyman.
Ramos, 31, split last season between the Rays and Phillies, putting up one of the best offensive seasons among catchers. In 416 total plate appearances, he hit .306/.358/.487 with 15 home runs and 70 RBI.
Ramos will presumably get the lion’s share of plate appearances behind the plate with Travis d'Arnaud backing him up. Grandal was made a qualifying offer, so the Mets would have had to forfeit a draft pick to sign him. And, of course, Realmuto would have cost prospects. Ramos simply costs money.
The Mets were aggressively pursuing a catching upgrade, having been involved in rumors surrounding J.T. Realmuto and Yasmani Grandal, but ultimately settled on Ramos. New GM Brodie Van Wagenen has made a significant impact on the team already, having also added second baseman Robinson Canó and closer Edwin Díaz from a trade with the Mariners.