The Tampa Bay Rays have reached an agreement on a two-year contract with free agent catcher Wilson Ramos, according to a report from Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Sherman notes that the deal is pending a physical examination, which could be costly, especially since Ramos is rehabbing from a torn ACL.
According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Ramos will get a guranteed salary of $12.5 million over two seasons ($6.25 million AAV). However, he could make up to $18.25 million with performance incentives ($9.125 million AAV), as Heyman notes.
The 29-year-old catcher will be a significant upgrade behind the dish for a young Rays' club. The team had previously had the likes of Luke Maile and Curt Casali manning the catcher's position. Before his knee injury, Ramos was looking at a pretty big contract. However, the torn ACL changed everything and he did not even receive a one-year qualifying offer from Washington to retain him.
In 131 games played last season for the Nationals, Ramos posted a slash line of .307/.354/.496 (123 OPS+) over 523 plate appearances, along with 22 home runs, 25 doubles and 80 runs batted in. Over his seven-year big league career, he owns a .269/.313/.430 slash line, along with 83 home runs and 321 runs batted in.