DETROIT — Hours after new Tigers manager A.J. Hinch mentioned catcher as one of his team’s lingering needs, he has someone to fill it. The Tigers spent Tuesday evening closing in on a one-year contract with free-agent catcher Wilson Ramos, a source told MLB.com.
The club has not confirmed the
DETROIT — Hours after new Tigers manager A.J. Hinch mentioned catcher as one of his team’s lingering needs, he has someone to fill it. The Tigers spent Tuesday evening closing in on a one-year contract with free-agent catcher
The club has not confirmed the deal, which is expected to be worth $2 million. Jose F. Rivera, a reporter with Wow Deportes, first reported the deal.
The 33-year-old Ramos will join a Tigers club that currently has Grayson Greiner and
“Ideally we would add to our mix and put some pressure on guys to make our team,” Hinch said Tuesday afternoon in a video conference with reporters. “We have the capabilities of having a stable duo of guys behind the plate. We have a little bit of experience. We have a young up-and-comer in Rogers. In a perfect world, there’s still a guy out there that can help us, but whether the market produces that, whether that’s how we choose to spend our dollars is obviously up to [general manager] Al [Avila]. But in that position, the more, the merrier.”
Ramos, a veteran of 11 Major League seasons and a two-time All-Star, spent the past two years with the Mets, who filled their catching void earlier this offseason with former Tiger James McCann. Ramos had a solid 2019 season in New York, posting a 2.2 bWAR while batting .288 with 14 homers, 73 RBIs and a 106 OPS+, before digging out of a rough start last year.
Ramos ended up with a .239 average, five home runs, 15 RBIs and an 88 OPS+ in 2020.