Wilson Ramos, New York Mets reach contract

Britton The signing of Wilson Ramos fills a hole for Mets without puncturing a new one

NY has been chasing the tail of Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto to no avail, and instead is settling on another option.

A person familiar with the negotiations says the New York Mets have agreed to a $19.5 million, two-year deal with free agent catcher Wilson Ramos.

Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen had been in hot pursuit of Realmuto, who is arguably the best catcher available on the open market, for weeks, but ultimately couldn't find common ground on a trade with the Marlins. Previous year he spent time with both the Rays and Phillies, and ended the season with a slashline of.306/.358/.487 in 111 games. The deal, which is pending a physical, also has a third-year option for 2021.

The Mets were set on Realmuto for so long despite the fact that Ramos and Yasmani Grandal were both available on the free agent market; it's obvious they saw an huge amount of potential in him, and considered him a great fit for the roster (his relatively low salary probably didn't hurt either).

The 31-year-old began last season with the Rays but was sent to the Phillies at the trade deadline. The two-time All-Star is a career.273 hitter with 109 home runs and 426 RBIs over nine seasons with Minnesota, Washington, Tampa Bay and Philadelphia. In this picture, Ramos #40 of the Philadelphia Phillies is congratulated by teammates after scoring in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida, Sept. 4, 2018.

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